So, I’ve paused my job search to consider what it means to persevere. Interestingly enough, this has been a huge encouragement to me.
First of all, persevering is a verb. So, when people tell you to “hang in there”, you shouldn’t literally “hang in there”. That implies staying put, no action, holding on for dear life. That would be an anti-verb. If you’re just hanging in there, you’re not persevering.
CONTINUING in a course of action… EVEN in the face of difficulty… OR with little or no indication of success.
Continuing. That means “keep going”. Sounds easy enough.
BUT, then add the caveat. EVEN in the face of difficulty. OR with little or no indication of success. It’s like “keep going” but with a burden added to each shoulder. A heavy burden on each shoulder. A burden that feels heavier the more you keep going.
I was thinking about the word persevere itself. Break it into two parts and you have “per” “severe”. By way of being severe. Basically, it’s tough whether you consider it in part or in whole.
I can’t say for sure if I have great ability or skill but I know I can choose to have great resilience.
To revert to the original definition of resilience, I have a burden on each shoulder. I’m in the face of difficulty and, even though I’ve sent out countless resumes, I’ve had little or no indication of success. It would be soooooo easy to give up. To throw up my hands and say this is impossible. To say it’s too hard and quit.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve told my son that the only failure is in not getting up when you’re down. To give up instead of keep going.
My son is now 34 years old but I’m still his mother. I know he pays close attention to what happens in my life. That he still looks up to me as an example.
This situation might be hard. It might be scary. It might seem insurmountable sometimes but I AM DETERMINED to make something good out of it. The answer is out there somewhere. I just have to keep going.
Consider storms. Storms can seem like they go on forever but they always come to an end. So do the storms in our lives. Some just take longer than others.
I’m glad I don’t know how long this storm is going to last. It makes it easier to persevere.
I’ll leave the final quote to Napoleon Bonaparte. I’m pretty sure he knew what he was talking about.