Perseverance – it is defined by Merriam Webster as: continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition.
It is how we learn, how we grow, how we succeed.
When I think of perseverance I am reminded of this poem.
Don’t Quit When things go wrong, as they sometimes will, When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill, When the funds are low and the debts are high, And you want to smile, but you have to sigh, When care is pressing you down a bit, Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns, As every one of us sometimes learns, And many a failure turns about, When he might have won had he stuck it out. Don’t give up though the pace seems slow. You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than, It seems to a faint and faltering man. Often the struggler has given up, When he might have captured the victor’s cup. He learned too late when the night slipped down, How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out. The silver tint of the clouds of doubt, And you never can tell how close you are, It may be near when it seems so far, So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit. It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.
It is defined by the Cambridge Dictionary as: a peaceful, calm state, without noise, violence, worry, etc.
When I think of tranquility my first inclination is to close my eyes, clear my mind and block out any noise. I take a deep breath in then relax my body while exhaling slowly. I might visualize a deep blue sky with a few fluffy white clouds drifting by.
It is a place of peace, comfort and contentment, where everything seems right with the world.
At times I find it when I am enveloped in nature.
Tranquility is often fleeting – lasting only a few short moments. While it is impossible to live in a constant state of tranquility, I think that embracing those tranquil moments is perhaps the antidote to the barrage of, stress and anxiety causing, news and noise that have become so prevalent in our lives.
I pray that you find much tranquility to embrace this year.
When I woke up yesterday I planned to put the finishing touches on my word of the week post that I had prepared the day before. It is a lovely word and I thought it would be the perfect way to start of the new year. I would then have my husband, who is my chief editor and partner in crime (LOL!), proofread it and then I would post it.
Suddenly a different word came to my mind and just wouldn’t leave. It nagged at me until I decided I had no choice but to write a new post. It is a word that is very fitting, not only because it’s my birthday but because we are just coming out of the holiday season. So without further ado our word of the week is:
I found many online sources for definitions of celebrate but I chose this definition from https://www.macmillandictionary.com because it seemed to offer a broader definition than some of the others. It defines celebrate as:
to do something enjoyable in order to show that an occasion or event is special.
to show admiration for someone or something in a piece of writing, music, or art or in a ceremony.
Even in the best of times January, in northern parts of the world, is when the winter blues set in. Perhaps a good way to combat the winter blues is to keep that holiday, celebratory, spirit alive. In others words celebrate life. I suspect that most of us have good things happen daily that we could be celebrating. We don’t have to have a big party or formal ceremony to celebrate. Maybe just a small treat for ourselves or expressing our happiness to someone who cares.
Now if you simply can’t find anything or anyone to celebrate remember this – everyday is your birthday (if you count your age in days). You can hop on over to this site to find out how (many days) old you are. (Today I’m celebrating my 20,454th birthday🤣)It’s a great reason to eat cake! (just leave off the candles LOL!)
Why wait to celebrate?
Happy Birthday! 🎈
We would love to celebrate with you this week. Please tell us what you are celebrating.