When was the last time you pushed yourself to do something hard? Do you remember how you wanted to stop, or take a break? But you kept going because it meant something to you to finish, to accomplish what you set out to do. That’s what the little girl in this video demonstrates so beautifully:
We don’t have to be experts at something to persevere. We just have to want to get there. Persistence is doing until done, beyond knowing how, or for how long.
I used to envy people who seemed to “get it” easily, like classmates in grade school and college. I had to work really hard for my B’s and occasional A’s later on. Today, I value the discipline of persistence.
Had I known how hard it was to be a mother, I might not have become one. I’m now grateful I persisted. Innocence invites some of our greatest learning.
Mother’s Day is an opportunity to honor and appreciate the importance of our mothers and their persistence. It’s also a reminder for everyone to persist in mothering ourselves. We all need it, whether we are women or men.
How has persistence served you in your life?
How do you mother yourself?