Today, I will talk about what perserverance means and why it is important. Also, it’s all downhill from here. Very soon, I’ll have to find something else to write about. With a bit of luck, I’ll have something when the time comes.
I know I keep doing this, but let’s see what Merriam and Webster have to say.
continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition.
the action or condition or an instance of perservering.
I’m going on a slight diversion before continuing. This is another example of something I hate about dictionaries. They define words using the word itself; well, near enough. What does it mean to perservere? It means to perservere. That is a terrible definition. Anyway, rant over.
Perservering is continuing to do something even when it gets hard or boring. It is doing what nees to be done, even if you don’t want to do it. This requires wisdom to know whether this is something that should be continued. Perserverance requires courage because it can become difficult. Courage is the strength needed to keep on going. Integrity helps by giving you focus and inner strength.
Why is perserverance important? It is how things get done. It is how governments, companies, and other organizations exist. They all require people with perserverance. It and courage are why I’m alive today. Without them, I’d have killed myself a long time ago. Sometimes, life gets hard, really hard. I mean, you can be in a position where it doesn’t look like you can keep going. I’ve said before, a good part of why I’m still here is my stubbornness. Plus, I’ve been lucky.
People kill themselves because they can’t see a way forward. Without help, they may never see a solution. They, often, don’t want to kill themselves, but they see no other way forward. And, they believe that the world would be better off without them. How do I know this? Because I’ve been there more than once. If you are a friend of someone who has been this way, please perservere in that friendship, especially when it gets hard. Your mere presence in their life could be enough to keep them alive.
And, since I brought suicide up, if you are feeling like this, please call or text or Facebook message someone. Your friend, your lover, your therapist, a crisis or help line. Please, they do help. I’ll not lie nd say there are all perfect, but, keep reaching out, it will help.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number is 1-800-273-8255.