Sometimes it’s hard to keep going, isn’t it? Or even to GET going. Maybe you’re not feeling particularly appreciated today. Maybe the road in front of you seems sooooooo long. Maybe you’ve suffered a severe setback. How will you recharge your batteries?
My dear father used to “wind me up.” He’d gently twist his hand in the middle of my back as if he were winding up our Grandfather Clock. “You can do it, Jory. You can do it.” This from a man who was born on a donkey farm in Oxford, Alabama, yet rose to the rank of Commodore, Service Force Sixth Fleet in the United States Navy. He knew what he was talking about!
I’ll never forget how miserable I felt after failing the Virginia bar exam. “Just get back on that horse again, Jory. You can do it.” “I don’t even want to see that horse again, much less get back up on it!” I tear up just thinking about my spirited response. Dad passed away in 1999, but his unending belief in me and his sweet words of encouragement spur me on even now. (He was right. I got back up on that horse; studied arduously for three more long, boring months; and passed with flying colors. Deed done. With prayer and perseverance.)
The Egyptian Pyramids. The Roman Coliseum. Perseverance. Abraham Lincoln. Martin Luther King, Jr. Perseverance. Nelson Mandela. Mahatma Gandhi. Perseverance. Dorothy Day. Susan B. Anthony. Perseverance. The Little Engine that Could. The Tortoise and the Hare. Perseverance. Helen Keller. Anne Sullivan. Perseverance. The Chilean Miners and their Rescuers. Perseverance.
We have many awe-inspiring stories to en-courage us when the going gets tough. To uplift us. To motivate us. And, thankfully, most of us have people in our lives who believe in us even when we’re full of doubt and despair.
Who winds YOU up when you need it most? How do you persevere???