Day Two of the Three Day Quote Challenge

 

“Little by little does the trick.”   AESOP

“Dripping water hollows a stone.”  Lucretius

 “Keep on truckin’, mama

Truckin’ my blues away.”  Anonymous

 Persistence

 

Persistence should have been my middle name, particularly when it comes to this Three Day Quote Challenge.  In attempting to post my first part to this Challenge it went POOF into the black hole of the internet.  It is out there someplace laughing at me! It was late last night so I figured that today I would be more successful posting some words of wisdom… POOF… gone again.  Evidently the third time is the charm as my new post finally now resides on my blog.

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Now here is a quote that I think was specifically designed for me.  Hmmm, Octavia Butler must have snuck in to read my blog.  “You don’t start out writing good stuff.  You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it.  That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.”

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I have not read the book, WILD, yet as other books keep popping up to demand my attention.   But Cheryl Strayed’s passionate story exemplifies persistence as she decided to walk the Pacific Crest Trail from nearly the border of Mexico clear up to almost the Canadian border.  Cheryl took on this huge challenge as a form of catharsis to work out the pain of losing her mother.  Additionally, life threw several boulders at her at the same time.  So she definitely experienced and overload of life.  But walking hundreds of miles alone through unknown habitation where she could run into poisonous snakes or wild animals to deal with her pain definitely is a heart-felt story and example of persistence.

Persistence does NOT have to be a story like Cheryl’s.  Persistence can be as simple as getting through a bad day.  Or have you ever had surgery?  The time involved to heal and regain capabilities that you may have lost. Heck, toddlers have persistence in learning to walk and falling only to climb back up and walk some more.  Even my cat had persistence in attempting to secret the butter out of my butter dish until the dish and all exploded on the floor in the middle of the night!

Sometimes just living life takes patience, persistence, and perseverance.  How are you persisting in life?  What are your challenges?  So as the saying goes “Keep on keepin’ on!”

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About Gwynn Rogers

After 20 years of sales and marketing experience in the fields of real estate, high tech, and corporate travel, Gwynn has moved on to the career of “Grandma.” When not teaching her granddaughters an extensive vocabulary of “alley-oop-boop, ups-a-daisy, cowabunga or bummer”, Gwynn can be found hunting for mentors for the Kitsap Youth Mentoring Consortium, or chasing her fantasies on her treadmill. Gwynn currently freelances for magazines.
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21 Responses to Day Two of the Three Day Quote Challenge

  1. Tina Peterson says:

    Love the range of your examples for persistence! They’re valuable lessons for all of us to keep in mind. Thanks!

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Thanks Tina. I keep thinking of the situation of my back and being in pain all of the time. I have to be persistent in coming up with happy things in order to NOT let the pain get me down. We all have trials and tribulations we face that we need to keep persistence in mind.

  2. pat garcia says:

    Hi,
    I think one of the hardest things to do is to persevere because there is something within us that falls into melancholy or self pity. If we can get pass those two things and take one step at a time then we are on the way to practicing perseverance or persistence.
    Astonishingly, most people who succeed in life personally and also in their careers say that it is this persistence, the willingness not to give up that kept them going.
    For me, Winston Churchill said it most amiably as he addressed the people of the United Kingdom as they were at that time being beaten by the Nazi Government of Germany. England was losing daily but Churchill came on board and coined the quote of the century, We will Never, Never, Never Give Up and I believe that turned the tide for the United Kingdom.

    Shalom,
    Patricia

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Patricia, I think you are a fabulous example of persistence with all that you do and are successful at doing. You are one strong woman. I’m applauding!!

      Have fun on your travels with your family. I hope they are all enjoying being in Germany.

  3. Susan Scott says:

    Wise words Gwynn thank you. Persistence is so key to all our endeavours no matter how hard and troubling that seem. Patience is also key. I think of e.g. Helen Keller – and many more. You too dear Gwynn in spite of awful back pain, and somehow manage your irrepressible sense of humour.

    That’s an inspiring story about Cheryl Strayed. And as usual your photograph captions are making me smile 🙂

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Thanks Susan for visiting my blog. You might enjoy the book, WILD, they even made it into a movie. Yes, persistence is my middle name as I deal with pain quite a bit. If I didn’t look for humor in life, I would get SO depressed, who knows what I would do! Walking the streets definitely is my form of meditation… particularly when I’m down at the waterfront. I do SO enjoy the water and the beauty of nature.

      Heck, you are very persistent with your wonderful stories of Adam, Eve, and Lilith. I do so enjoy your blog. Thanks for commenting! Welcome Home!

  4. As you know, I just finished a manuscript I’ve worked on for 2 1/2 years. I wanted to give it up so many times! Now that it’s gone to the editor, more rewrites will follow. Only persistence (or, maybe in my case, dogged stubbornness) keeps me going.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      I definitely take my hat off to your “dogged stubbornness.” I think it is an excellent trait to possess! I’m so impressed with you and other writers who keep on, keepin’ on to accomplish your goal. I NEED some of that!!

      Thanks for stopping by. Hopefully, one of these days we can chat face to face.

  5. I like the positive energy, Gwynn. Indeed, living life takes patience and a great dose of humor. You, my friend, are a great example of someone who can do that and spread the joy all around. Thank you.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Now, IF ONLY I was persistent enough to figure out how to write a book like my friend, Silvia!! I do appreciate your comments.

      I can hardly wait until I see your quotations! This will be FUN!! Write away!!

  6. I like Octavia Butler’s quote on writing; and I posted my Day 1 on the persistence it takes to become an accomplished ballet dancer. “Never, never, never give up” — thanks, Patricia, for reminding us of this. I do believe persistence is what got the Brits through those two great wars and all those bombings. They got up, laughed (as per your Day 1 post) and kept on going. Thanks, Gwynn.

    My friend Martha loves the book “Wild,” and she, an outdoors woman, endured a string of losses within months, but she got up, began new things and kept going. She exemplifies persistence. –As do you, making it through your back pain.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Sometimes it is hard NOT to crawl in a hole and pull a blanket over us when things get tough… but that is when the tough get going. We have to laugh or whatever in order to “keep on, keepin’ on.” No matter what we do… writing, trauma in life, or just the daily grind… the only way we win is to keep on working. Sometimes it is hard to remember that too… especially when I am in pain.

      Keeping up with your ballet would have been a tough one too. For me, it is MUCH EASIER to do ballet in water… especially when I was younger and my body worked better! 😉

      • Ballet was a passion, Gwynn. So, it never was tough — OK, except when we had to hold our leg in the air for longer than deemed possible.

        • Gwynn Rogers says:

          Yes, when I held my leg in the air, the rest of me was underwater. At least you could breath! Could you do the splits? I never could quite make it… almost, but not quite!

          • Yes, I could do a split. It takes strength as well as flexibility. Can still get down pretty close to the floor even now, as long as I stretch regularly. I’m naturally pretty flexible.

  7. And, I should add that Martha’s dog, Wallie, exemplifies persistence. On occasion when he has been with me, I’ll say, “Just step over here, these three or four steps closer so I can dry your feet from being out in the wet yard.” Him: “Nope. Not gonna do it. Not until the cheese on the moon melts. Nope. You’ll just have to come over here.”

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Hmmm, you can’t entice Wallie with your cheese? He might like it better than the cheese from the moon! Persistence can benefit people and animals, and probably the sea life and birds too. Today a seagull had to repeatedly swoop up and drop his oyster in order to get it to crack so he could grab the juicy meat inside. See… Persistence PAYS OFF!! (Especially when I screw up and forget to hit the “Reply” Button! ) 😉

  8. Gwynn Rogers says:

    Hmmm, you can’t entice Wallie with your cheese? He might like it better than the cheese from the moon! 😉 Persistence can benefit people and animals, and probably the sea life and birds too. Today a seagull had to repeatedly swoop up and drop his oyster in order to get it to crack so he could grab the juicy meat inside. See… Persistence PAYS OFF!! 😉

  9. In a way persistence applies to all things because if we didn’t persist in going about our daily lives we would probably never accomplish anything.

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