There are times when it just gets way too hard. I find myself wanting to curl up under the bed covers and sleep till the world just stops being difficult and daunting. I can feel so exhausted and overwhelmed that it takes a conscious decision to get out of the bed and do what needs doing. That is what perseverance really is. It is that choice to keep going even when it has gotten so difficult; maybe even difficult enough to require flannel. It some times requires a small compromise, such as wearing flannel jammies to get the work done, but the most important part is the choice. That internal action of thought that spurs physical action is the hardest and most meaningful part. If I give up, it affects not only me, but those around me. My ancestors chose to keep going, even when times were extremely hard. I owe it to them to persevere as well.
Amanda Thomas is the Grove Organizer for the Ad Astra Grove. She also serves on the Topeka Interfaith Council.