Following on last week’s Lesson #13,
I bring you this week’s Lesson #12:
Sometimes, perseverance is more important than having fun.
My culture brings us many mottos for these occasions: one step after another, one step at a time, taking the next right step — variations on the same motto, is more like it.
But these mottos weren’t going through my head last month as I trekked down Camel’s Hump, alone. What was running that loop, was that I wasn’t having fun and that was OK.
Instead of fun, what I felt (and what helped to blur feelings of pain and exhaustion) was an even stronger sense of dedication, perseverance, and commitment to the task at hand. These not only propelled me, they brought an unexpected sense of peace.
Those same qualities — dedication, perseverance, and commitment — were ones I’d consistently felt as a Peace Corps volunteer and at a few other times in my life. A few. With them, always came a sense of connection to some larger purpose. Camel’s Hump gave me that again. And for that I’m most grateful.
How about you? How often do you feel that sense of dedication to a task at hand, that all-consuming focus that what you are about is the most important thing you could be doing at that moment?