It’s coming up on the end of January – the time of year resolutions most likely fail. If yo’re like me, its so fun, so easy to start things. So many half started blog posts, primed painting projects, and I could probably make a decent sized blanket out of all the knitting I’ve never completed.
But really, I’m craving to complete my projects and to make a huge impact on the world. So, what’s it gonna take to get things done? To make the impact I’m craving to make? Perseverance, right?
Unfortunately, I it felt to me like my perseverance tank went empty long ago. Sometimes it felt like I just expected to not finish. And that really wasn’t the inspiring place I wanted to live from.
Tthen I was asked, every so gently, “but what is perseverance anyway?” The question was obvious but one I had never thought to ask myself. Since I was game to play I looked it up (Love you, Dictionary.com).
1. steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.
2. Theology: continuance in a state of grace to the end, leading to eternal salvation.
It was the second part that was striking . “Continuance in a state of grace to the end.”
No freaking out or flipping out. Just steadiness, and with grace. Continuing with purpose. That is perseverance.
And to the end? Left undefined. The end might be seeing the completion of the project a day early or a year late. It might be packing up when you realize its not something you care to finish anyway and giving thanks for the realization before you put in more time. Maybe the end is right on time. All in all its up to us.
Perseverance. I’m leaning into this new description… Continuing forward when the purpose is absolutely clear. Continuing with the energy and patience that comes from being guided by the Universe. True perseverance invites struggle to the table knowing that with every obstacle comes the solution.
Just like a chef uses the coarse steel to sharpen his knives, if you come upon something rugged on your path, why not use it to sharpen your resolve? 😉