What shall I write about today? Not sure what was moving me. But as I parked in town and witnessed all the preparations for the Annual Pink Party, it came to me, Perseverance. Cancer survivors have a lot to teach all of us about perseverance. I read an article last night about a patient that inspired Dr. Nancy Snyderman. She told Dr. Snyderman that a cancer diagnosis is just a speed bump in life; it should not define a person or her future
per·se·ver·ance [pur-suh–veer–uh ns] noun
steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.
Our family spent the weekend at Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes. I thought I couldn’t climb it. In my mind I had many excuses. I had an injury a couple days before that had me using a walking stick for balance. I’m older, I have breathing and back issues. But as I watched my family climb something came over me. I told a friend to take my picture, I will go and put my feet in the sand and turn as though I’m coming down, capture it.
As I felt the sand between my toes and climbed about 15 feet, I looked up and decided that I would climb for a bit. Every stride was an effort and accomplishment at the same time. I found a pattern that worked for me by stepping where others had gone before me, using their footprints to gain solid ground. I took a couple breaks, sat a spell and took delight in my accomplishments. I made it to the top (at least of the first major hill). I was so proud that I didn’t let my negative thoughts keep me from my accomplishment. To my daughter’s surprise, I greeted her atop the hill. We both celebrated my success with pride. I felt good from head to toe and mentally ecstatic.
On the way down we talked about how on the way up, with each step up you would slide backward, making the effort more work. But coming down to our final destination we gained ground and it made the stride much easier.
So what is your speed bump or sand dune? What thoughts are holding you back or holding you down either personally or professionally? The cancer survivor I spoke of earlier founded a nonprofit agency called Fertile Hope. What is your fertile hope? Are you on the cusp something or in the twilight? Focus on the future. Your goals and dreams are in reach you just have to take a few steps and be willing to occasionally backslide. Put some positivity in the perseverance of your goals.
Penny Jones, is a blogger and social media content writer at WebWorld Advantage. WebWorld Advantage, is a company dedicated to innovation in Social Media, Email Marketing, Marketing Consulting, Training and Education in Livingston County, serving Southeast Michigan and beyond.