The Uphill Slide

There is always something.

From Perseverance by Margaret J. Wheatley


In Perseverance Margaret J. Wheatley asks:

Questions and Answers

How is it that some people devote their lives to a cause, to a person, to a place?

And how is it that even in the midst of failures, betrayals, reversals, they can still remain focused and dedicated to their cause?

What enables a person to stay, to not be dissuaded, to not lose focus? How do people not become overwhelmed, or succumb to exhaustion and despair?

How do such people sustain themselves over long periods of time? How do they preserve their health and well-being?

How do they preserve their faith?

I want to be one who perseveres, so these are real questions for me.

I have been out in the world with these questions for many years now and met many people who persevered through circumstances I hope never to encounter. I am grateful for all that I have learned from them—they answered many of my questions.

Of course there are many answers available. Here are just a few I discovered and found to be relevant in my own experience.

May the questions say alive in your heart, and may these few answers serve you well so that you too may be one who perseveres (1).

Wheatley, Margaret J. Perseverance. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., 2010


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