“Sometimes, carrying on, just carrying on, is the superhuman achievement.” Albert Camus
“It’s not what you start in life, it’s what you finish.” Katharine Hepburn
“Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.” James A. Michener
“No great achievement is possible without persistent work.” Bertrand Russell
Introduction: I have been very distant from writing this blog for several months, almost the entire year it would seem. And I apologize for not writing more; however, the likes of teaching one final semester, retiring after ~40 years (well, ok, 39 years, 10-11 months), and deciding to move away from Chapel Hill, took its toll on me. It was a collectively difficult time emotionally, mentally, and physically. And in every aspect and maneuver, my Parkinson’s was present, negatively influencing as much as possible in all of these activities.
But it was persistence, the reluctant sense to never give in rose to the occasion many times over the past months. This persistence fueled my fire to do one more task instead of stopping; spending time getting it done instead of becoming frustrated and ready to quit and not finish the task.
There is a doubled-edge sword sense to persistence. On one hand, persistence can provide the drive to focus, finish, and bolster your will to accomplish something. On the contrary, persistence can cause you to miss sleep, and stay unnecessarily wired, and likely, this relentless drive will undermine some part of your life. Persistence is good to have but you must be able to turn it down when necessary.
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