Endurance (vs. Discouragement)
To practice Endurance I will:
- not be a “quitter”
- accept both instruction and correction
- not waste my time, energy and talent on meaningless pursuits
- bend instead of break
- put my whole heart into everything I do
Cinderella endured. Whether you watch the Disney version, Rodgers and Hammerstein, or the many remakes such as Ella or Ever After, you will see a consistent theme of endurance. Life was not kind to the orphan but she kept hope in her heart and a dream in her head (and a song on her lips for the musical versions). She found ways to endure, making friends where she could (the mice) and working hard even when there was no thanks or reward. Her ultimate triumph was to marry the prince. Endurance is having the resolve to outlast the hardships that come your way. It is enduring the small inconveniences that prepares us for handling larger set-backs with grace. Endurance is the dance of two steps forward and one step back. It’s recognizing that you are making progress even if it feels like you are going backward some of the time. When we have endured hardships to reach a goal, it makes the success that much sweeter.
This month, appreciate the roadblocks and use them to motivate you forward.
“Do or do not; there is no try.”
“Endurance is patience concentrated. ”
– Thomas Carlyle