“Little by little does the trick.” AESOP
“Dripping water hollows a stone.” Lucretius
“Keep on truckin’, mama
Truckin’ my blues away.” Anonymous
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.
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.”
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!”