Here's what my fairy godmothers and godfathers offered me as gifts of persistence:
- Sometimes life is like knitting: you have to trust the pattern because the early results don't look anything like the end results.
- If there is work that matters at the top, you take whatever time you need to climb 98 stairs while recovering from pneumonia.
- You earn your peace with hard, sweaty work.
- It takes humour and courage to keep trying.
- Structure and support count, but it's the individual who decides to turn it around.
- The moments that make you are the hard parts in the middle.
- Focus on what is already working and trust that even when it seems weird.
- When you persist with a smile, you inspire others to persist too.
- Persisting in a goal is like persisting in a relationship.
- Sometimes you have to fall down, and even pull your supporters down, to learn.
- It's easier to be patient when you work within resistance instead of against it.
My own story for you: I have been persisting for ten years in a difficult field that I believe is the work that meets my purpose. I teach people to be learners, to be more confident in their choice of words, and to be more resilient in holding onto their intentions in a complicated, bumpy world. What I have learned by persisting in the work of my heart is this: it's worth it.
With much gratitude to my fairy godmothers and godfathers.