Painting by Belynda Wilson Thomas
When the world says “Give up,” Hope whispers, “Try it one more time.” Unknown
The mornings are getting cooler. A jacket or sweater in the morning is no longer optional for me. Some hardy souls I’m sure are still wearing short sleeves. My husband is already out on appointments it isn’t 7:00 am yet.
One of the things true of life is the importance of perseverance. It doesn’t matter what we undertake there will be a point when persevering is what is most important. We have a morning routine we don’t feel like doing, but if we persevere we will feel glad we did.
How many people look back on relationships they wish they’d persevered with? There is always stuff to deal with, and things rarely go in straight lines. The path to success can be so slow that sometimes we aren’t sure if we are going down or up, but if we persevere it becomes clear.
Perseverance is required to achieve any degree of success. We don’t need to be perfect but we do need to persevere. There are perks to persevering. If we’ve persevered at one thing we have confidence we can persevere at another. We can trust ourselves, and others can trust us. When we persevere through the valleys of life we can enjoy the peaks. No one gets to hop from peak to peak. Some people handle the valleys so well we don’t realize what they are going through, that doesn’t mean they don’t get their share of challenges and questioning if it’s worth it.
We will need the patience to persevere, we will need to make sacrifices to persevere, but most of all we need to realize when we want to give up we must dig deep to keep going. As we get over our hurdles we will know we can handle the next one as well.
Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did. Newt Gingrich
If we listen to anyone’s story of achievement it always seems they had many times when they could have given up. They kept going and they achieved success. Many of us achieve success in one area but perhaps we gave up in another. Maybe we had to choose between two goods, a good marriage, or a good career. The time given to one would take from the other. We made a choice. These choices shape our lives.
Maybe we gave up a career to stay at home and raise our children. There are moments when we may think we made a mistake. When we look at happy, well-adjusted adults we feel we made the right choice. When we look at our retirement plan we might think we should have made a different choice.
Life is full of choices. My daughter wonders when having a baby fits into her schedule. I tell her a baby will fit into her life. There will be new choices to make, new challenges to face, and new paths to persevere with. Everything we want in life means something else may go by the wayside. Some choices we make consciously some not so consciously. Other choices we make not knowing everything that comes with it.
Having a baby is like that, we choose to become a family but often we are only seeing the tip of that iceberg. There is so much more that comes with it, so much of our life becomes dedicated to this most important facet of our lives. It becomes the only facet we can manage. That too passes and we have time for a more balanced life.
We will make mistakes; we will not always make the right choice. We may have to pick up balls we have dropped. We may have to try and repair balls that have cracked; we may have to move on from balls that are broken beyond repair.
Knowing when to hold and when to fold in life is a skill we hope we have. We may think we know what the best choice is and overtime may wish we’d made a different choice. Sometimes no matter how well one thing turns out, we still think of the other choice. Sometimes we can go forward and pick up that ball we left behind, sometimes we can’t.
To get through life with “no regrets” sounds like an impossibility, but can we aspire to have few regrets? Are there choices we have to make that we’ve been putting off? Is there something we need to persevere with? Is there a challenge we need to face?
Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. Joshua J. Marine
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