Today I walked passed a pond while I was on my way to embark on an aerobic/anaerobic workout via playing tennis. I immediately saw a dozen ducklings following their mother in a perfectly spaced, single-file line that would rival that of any kindergarten class being led to the playground. The words of the talented actor Michael Caine resonated in my brain. “Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath.”
Perseverance is a vital skill that we all need to master in order to be successful in this world. Perseverance is defined as the continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition. Trials and tribulations rise up in each of our lives faster than a helium filled balloon disappears into the atmosphere once a toddler slightly relaxes his or her grip on the balloon’s string.
Trials come in all forms, economic hardships, lost jobs, health issues, etc. However, no matter what we face in life we should always do all we can to persevere!
Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another. – Walter Elliot
When life’s currents try to sweep you underneath start kicking as hard as you can, for as long as you can, until you find yourself swimming in calmer waters!