|Keep moving forward|
It's been a while since I have written a Mission 2011 post, so it is definitely time to get back on track with this year-long goal that I have set for myself. And getting back on track has given me the topic for this post: persistence.
A lot of things in my life do not go as planned. The reason? Chronic illnesses have added an extra element of unpredictability to my life. You see, every day when I wake up, I have no idea how my body is going to feel. And I dread waking up with more pain, more fatigue, more dizziness...
Despite all my efforts to plan, pace, rest and say "no," I can never exactly know what kind of shape I will be in tomorrow. It sort of makes planning in advance for each and every day difficult.
If you are a healthy person reading this, you probably have no idea what I am saying. If you live with chronic illness, you know all about this.
With so much uncertainty about my health status, it becomes all too easy to get derailed. Even the slightest change, like a bit too much activity the day before, a stressful situation, a change in the weather or catching a cold, can suddenly send me off in the wrong direction and turn my day upside down. Then I am faced with scrambling to cancel plans and implement more rest for the next day or two. At the worse, I am forced to scale way back on my day-to-day activities so I can start rebuilding my energy reserves.
The point I am trying to make is that, in order for me to get anything of significance done, I need to be persistent. My chronic illnesses knock me off my horse, push me down and send me two steps backward. In short, they can treat me pretty badly. But I am determined not to let them pin me down. I dig deep, real deep, and find the strength to get back on my horse, pick myself up off the ground and take one more step forward.
With each roadblock and setback, my chronic illnesses are teaching me to be persistent.
Nothing in the world
can take the place of persistence.Talent will not;nothing is more common than
unsuccessful men with talent.Genius will not;
unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.Education will not;
the world is full of educated derelicts.Persistence and determination
alone are omnipotent.The slogan "press on" has solved and
always will solve
the problems of the human race.~Calvin Coolidge