Hello everyone! This is my first blog entry and I’m so excited to start writing. I am doing a blog on lessons I’ve learned. Now, I know what you’re thinking… What lessons could a 16-year-old girl possibly learn in her “long enriched life?” Well, I will be writing about basic life lessons that I was taught by people around me or things that have happened to me that made me learn a lesson the hard way.
I’ve decided that persistence is a great lesson to start with. Persistence, in my eyes, is a great trait to possess. We all need a little persistence to get things done or to follow through on promises we made.
Before we dive in, I really wanted to give you a good visual of persistence, and I love the example shown in the picture. Take a minute and think about it. Are you the person walking away, or the one pushing through? If you aren’t sure, then I’ll tell you exactly what persistence is.
The definition of persist in the Webster Dictionary is “to go on resolutely or stubbornly in spite of opposition, importunity, or warning.” This is accurate in my eyes, because it’s exactly how I learned to be persistent.
I am going to tell you the story of how I got my dog, to demonstrate what it means to be persistent. It all started when I turned 6 years old. That year, we had just made the move to North Carolina from Indiana, and I really wanted a furry friend. So naturally, I asked my parents.
Of course, parents being parents, they said no. That is when the struggle began. I started constantly nagging them to get me a dog and even went as far as to put a sign on the Christmas tree that said “Put dog here” with an arrow pointing down, hoping that Santa would get me one. Well, he didn’t, and my parents didn’t either. So, I decided I wouldn’t talk to them until they got me a dog. The protest lasted about 10 minutes, but I felt that it was long enough to make a point. It wasn’t. They still said no.
I continued to ask in various ways if I could get a dog for two more years, until they finally gave in. My dad’s business partner’s dog had just bore a litter of puppies, which were for sale. They were hypoallergenic double doodles, which was a perfect fit for my family because my dad, sister, and I have allergies. I didn’t waste a minute asking for one of those puppies.
At first, they were hesitant, but eventually they gave in. My mom deciding that it would be good for us to have a dog in the house because she had had one. My dad still said no, and to this day does not like my dog.
We choose the runt of the litter to take home with us. The hardest part was picking out a name for her. My mom said that we could only name her something that all of my siblings and I could agree on. We argued over names for an hour before we had a winner; we decided to call her Betsey.
These quotes summarize the moral of this story:
“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again.” – William Edward Hickson
“Persistence is the shortest path to success.”- Charles Chaplin
“Success is not the absence of failure; it’s the persistence through failure.” – Aisha Tyler
Going back to the first picture, now that you know what persistence is and what it looks like, are you the person walking away from the challenge or the one that keeps working hard?
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