Perseverance is never a word that I used in my vocabulary much before. Perseverance is considered a “steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.” I had never persevered through anything before. When things got difficult I would just give up, which is what I did during the first year after my surgery. It was too difficult, I kept hitting obstacles, and I was always discouraged about what was happening. I just shut down because it was all too hard. I realized later that in order to get through life and to get through life enjoying myself I needed to stay on my life course and keep moving forward.
Tonight I want to share the story of a former college classmate. I have know him for about five or six years now, he had several classes together since we were in the same degree program. Since graduation I have been able to stay connected to him on Facebook. I learned through this contact that he had his own amazing story of perseverance. Tonight on the eighth anniversary of his wife’s passing, he made his memoir available online and free for those to see. I jumped at the change to visit his site and read the first chapter. Now I am not going to share his story on here, because I want you to visit the book and check it out for yourself. But through all his struggles as a young widow, he and his son have been able to persevere and find their purpose in life. Please visit, “Honey I Shrunk The Grief: A Young Widower Discovers Love Will Find A Way” a memoir, by Eric Vaiksnoras.
I will end tonight by saying treasure your time with your partner. You never know when your time or your partner’s time will be over. Tonight as I lay down to sleep next to my husband, I will hold him tight. Thank you Eric for making me realize how important my time is with him and also thank you for sharing your story with others out there. It’s because of people like you and I who share our stories that others are able to find hope in their own lives.
Daily Inspirational Quote: “Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.” ~Earl Nightingale