“The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won’t.” – Henry Ward Beecher
The last “living” post prompted a moment’s reflection on the virtue of perseverance. Why is that? Quite simply because the search for the silver lining is not always filled with instant gratification. It is always present, but it is not always easily seen. So it becomes very important that we have a strong will, in both senses of the word, to press on until we see what we know to be there. It is amazing what you’ll find!
There will always be difficult times, problems and failures. It’s a given. It is our response that is the variable. Will we respond with a strong will or a strong won’t? Here are a few more thoughts from others on the subject.
“Consider the postage stamp: its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing until it gets there.” – Josh Billings
“Fall seven times; stand up eight.” – Japanese proverb
“It’s not that I’m so smart. It’s just that I stay with problems longer.” – Albert Einstein
“There is no telling how many miles you will have to run while chasing a dream.” – Author Unknown
“The drops of rain make a hole in the stone not by violence but by oft falling.” – Lucretius
“Life is not about how fast you run or how high you climb but how well you bounce.” – Vivian Komori
“Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on anything sitting down.” – Charles F. Kettering
These are just a few. The truth of perseverance is a lost treasure. Discover it and you will have found a trove of riches for your life. It is a courageous and powerful act to keep on going when you are tempted to stop, especially when others have already given in. As for you, be the kind of person who presses on.
Where have you experienced the fruit of perseverance? Where could you use the hope of knowing there is purpose in pressing on?