Sunday, December 21, 2008

Perseverance

Perseverance can be translated as continuing in a certain course until we have reached a goal or objective, regardless of obstacles, opposition, and other counterinfluences. Perseverance is an active characteristic. It is not idly, passively waiting and hoping for some good thing to happen magically. It gives us hope by helping us realize that we suffer no failure except in giving up and no more trying. When some people have a hard duty to do, they may give up everything else until that duty is finished. You can find inspiring examples about the fruit of perseverance.

The need to persevere is stated in the following words:

“Genius is only the power of making continuous efforts. The line between failure and success is so fine that we scarcely know when we pass it; so fine that we are often on the line and do not know it. How many a man has thrown up his hands at a time when a little more effort, a little more patience would have achieved success? A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed a hopeless failure may turn into a glorious success. … There is no defeat except within, no really insurmountable barrier save one’s own inherent weakness of purpose” (author unknown, Second Encyclopedia, ed. Jacob M. Brand, Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 1957, p. 152).

Perseverance is so central to success in any effort, whether spiritual or temporal, large or small, public or personal. Think deeply of how vital perseverance, or the lack of it, has been in your own endeavors, such as schooling or finance. All key achievement results largely from perseverance. John Milton was blind when he wrote Paradise Lost. Ludwig von Beethoven was deaf when he finished his greatest musical compositions. They succeeded not only because God had given them gifts, as he has each of us in varying degrees, but because they did themselves. Probably some of us now are facing great problems and obstacles. However, we each have our own challenges and trials to solve as we strive to keep on the right track. Often the most crucial trials are those we must face and subdue privately within our own hearts. We will learn a lot about life as we overcame problems - sometimes it is not easy, but it's not meant to be easy. It's the challenging times and experiences that make us better and stronger people. Maybe we still don't know exactly what the results but by perseverance we will realise that if we do things that make us go on, we will get somewhere that we want to be and we will find happiness along the way.

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