Persist



I have referred before, to an old oriental saying: “May you live in interesting times.” The way I heard it, the saying has a double edged meaning, as a greeting or closing statement. Used with a “friend” it would be a wish for your life to be full of positive surprises, that you would never live in boredom. If said it to a “non-friend” (you figure what that might mean), it would be a wish for a life of constant disruption, or that the person would never have a peaceful moment.

We are living in interesting times. Let me send a salutation: “May you live in interesting times.” (Did I repeat myself?) The “good, positive” interesting times.

I encourage you to approach the uncertain future with an attitude of Persistence. You know the word. You probably use it frequently. Persist means to continue in a course of action in spite of difficulty, opposition or failure. In this unsettled time, frustrating time, and a time of interruption of plans….PERSIST. If you are in a time of “up-hill battles”…Persist.

Let me tell me tell you another story about Persistence. A true story of Persistence. (They are always better to make a point. IKR)

In 2018, LSU and Texas A&M (the Aggies), played the final game of their respective regular football seasons. The game went on for four hours and 53 minutes. That equaled 11 quarters of football. It is a remarkable game because it had 7 overtimes. That’s right, 7 overtimes. (Think anybody was tired?)

That’s Persisting in the face of opposition, in the face of an opponent who also wanted badly to win. It would have been easy to “let down”. Neither team did. What’s going on in your world? Are you facing opposition, setbacks, past disappointments.

Get over them. Persist.

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