For this week’s post, I’m going back to the root of what makes this blog so amazing: our discussions on life’s challenges, adversity, and the virtues that build character.
This week, I’ve been most influenced by the virtue of perseverance.
Sometimes, it seems that our journey is all up hill. We encounter a bump along the road at every turn. Nothing goes smoothly or as expected and we begin to question ourselves.
I’ve been going through a bit of that lately. Here are my “bumps” over the past couple of weeks:
Re volunteering: My efforts for the good of the whole of an organization have been misinterpreted by someone who feels I am challenging her authority with respect to her own role. Volunteering has been my life’s blood and my actions are always with good intentions but occasionally misinterpreted due to my enthusiasm or due to someone else’s “issues.” We then ask ourselves … why do I even bother?
Re my work as a writer: My editor and I have mutually decided to part ways (on a professional basis) as we have a different vision for the book and it has been a difficult process for both of us. As well, neither of the illustrators who had offered to do draft covers for the the book came up with the look I was hoping for so I’ve had to develop an alternate plan. I understand that delays and diversions are to expected in large projects, but how do we keep the faith, keep up enthusiasm, and regroup?
Tech woes: I had to have the hard-drive on my desktop computer rebuilt which caused me an unexpected expense, considerable loss of productive work time, additional time required to rebuild tools such as bookmarks, delete duplicate numerous images that had been created in the process, etc. I generally love Mac products. My tech life since switching to Macs exclusively (for my desktop, laptop and phone) has really been much easier and more productive. But wow! When technology melts down, it takes our enthusiasm with it.
I could probably go on, but I think you get the drift. The past couple of weeks have really taken the wind from my sails.
I think what brought it all to a head for me is that my husband and I have been watching a series of DVD’s this week called the “Long Way Round“ starring heart-throb Ewan McGregor and character actor Charley Boorman. The series follows the two compadres on a motorcycle journey from London to New York … the long way round through Europe, Ukraine, Russia, Mongolia, Siberia, Alaska, Canada, and the continental US. It’s quite the journey, and made me realize how tiny my own challenges are compared to the adversity these two determined riders faced on their epic journey.
I’d highly recommend getting ahold of this series on DVD if you haven’t already seen it. We could particularly relate as my husband has been a long-time biker and I faced several smaller challenges with him on the motorcycle so I could only imagine the fatigue and the urge to throw in the towel that both McGregor and Boorman faced during different parts of the journey.
How do you deal with adversity? Is perseverance something that comes easily to you, or is it a virtue that you find you’re constantly working on? What helps motivate you to stay on track?