Move With A Purpose

Dave Wilton dave at WILTON.NET
Thu Dec 30 17:33:27 UTC 2004

While at the mall yesterday, frustrated by the aimless, brownian motion of
pedestrians who would suddenly stop right in front of me, turn into my path
at random, back up without looking, etc., I was reminded of a phrase common
in the army ca. 1987, "move with a purpose" or "move like you have a
purpose." Often issued as a command by NCOs, it meant to walk briskly to a
specific destination instead of ambling and dawdling (like pedestrians in a

I don't think I've heard it in the 15 years since I left the army. Does it
have any currency in the civilian world?

--Dave Wilton
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