“Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” -Helen Keller

Growing up, I remember this one picture that hung in our study. It was of a mouse in knight’s armor who was upside down, his lance splintered into pieces. All it said under it was, “Perseverance”.

Perseverance is defined in Webster’s Dictionary as, “continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition.”

We often hear of perseverance being used in marathons, sports, even business. Both runners and businessmen alike push themselves to achieve the goals they are striving to reach.

The same principle can be applied to us.

Fighting our daily battles with chronic pain is draining, but without hope, you will lose every time. You may strive to persevere through the pain, but that perseverance will dry up if you never look up to see the finish line.

Dean Koontz wrote, “Perseverance is impossible if we don’t permit ourselves to hope.”

Yes, you may not see a finish line, but there are checkpoints, places that can give you that glimmer of hope you need to keep going.

As Walter Elliot stated, “Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other.”

Today, the finish line may not be in clear view, but do not give up. Search for the checkpoints to keep you moving forward.

I send you off with one finally quote by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.,

“Let perseverance be your engine and hope your fuel.”