Do I truly have Perseverance?
What is really going on?
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Can anyone really say that they are truly perseverant and maintain resiliency? Well crap, what do those even mean? Perseverance is to continue effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition. Hmm, I would say that every single person over the age of 10 has had to have some period of perseverance. Resiliency is the ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change. Again, who doesn’t have to have this?
These particular definitions are those that people seem to have forgotten about as a whole. We as people are ever so resilient and must persevere to overcome whatever stands within our path. Let’s take today for example; in the Army world, we must continue to certify the things we know. This is not always done in a classroom setting, so today we had to pack up our people and head out to this area of expansive land to certify for what is known as Land Navigation. If you have ever had the inclination to hike or take long road trips then you have performed some sort of Land nav, but the only difference here is that we don’t get to use navigation. There are no GPS devices allowed on this excursion.
So here we are armed with a map, protractor, and a pencil and we must find 4 stationary points within 3 hours. These points are generally bright colors and stand out. This sounds fairly easy, but we have to do this by walking to each point and verifying that point by the letter or number on it. Alright, cool beans, I don’t have anything better to do today. They did not tell me today that one of my points would be about a mile away. Are you kidding me, walking through this brush for a mile, seriously, not today?
All right, here I am again, trudging through this bush, terrified that at any point, a rattlesnake is gonna make me his next snack and a mile later, I have not found my point. What the heck, I plotted my point on a map, shot my azimuth with my compass and this dang point is nowhere near me. Who removed this point because it’s just not here? What in the world am I gonna do now? I can’t go back and hear about how I couldn’t cut it on the course. This is just not me, so I reach down into my soul for my perseverance and resiliency, see I used them today, and pulled out my map to figure out by all these different colors on it, where in the world I am. Luckily there is this giant hill next to me, well not next, but close enough for me to see it on my map, and I get to replotting where I am versus where I need to be. Of course, I am over 200 feet away from where I need to be, but I pack it all back up and head in the direction of my point. Point one down, crap 3 more to go. If I can find this first one, the others are sure to be near. Oh no, I swear they gave me these points to be funny. I have to walk a half mile to my left in order to get the next one. I guess at the end of this journey, my calves are gonna look great. Summer body, here I come, but nature is sure gonna make me earn it, because this land is full of cactus and weeds that feel the need to hold on to my legs, god forbid I get to walk freely.
Regardless, an hour later I have found that last glorious point. I am at my wits end with these gnats and holes in the ground, I mean who digs holes in the ground for me to fall in, and nature has been conspiring against me today. I will make it though, I will get there in the less than 3 hours needed. I can’t be the one who fails, I just can’t.
Whether or not perseverance and resilience is something that you practice every day, I know there are hundreds more stories, probably a lot worse or even funnier than mine and I would love to read about them in the comments.
Take today to give yourself the pat on your back that I’m sure you deserve because I was surely proud of myself because no matter what I just couldn’t give up, and would hope that you wouldn’t either….
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