Perseverance: Cultivating an Interior Life

IMG_3029Perseverance is steadfast determination. As we advance our knowledge in all areas of medicine and technology, our thoughts become increasingly focused on living better lives, as we are able. Jung said that, after the age of 35, all questions become spiritual ones.

However, knowledge doesn’t always equate to practice, nor does quantity of information equal quality. Likewise, as we browse social media and Internet sites, it is often easier to receive information, rather than engaging on hard issues that might cultivate growth, both intellectually and spiritually.

Living into our potential means embracing the idea that perseverance feeds self-esteem, and provides the framework for self-respect. Aristotle said that the “unexamined life is not worth living.”  If we do not accept that life should be lived passively, then what kind of responsibility does that place upon us?

We usually imagine perseverance as finishing a marathon, completing a degree, or other society-deemed accomplishments, but on a daily level, it simply means striving for small accomplishments that make our days feel successful and complete, recognizing our own fortitude and determination.

2000 years ago, early Christian fathers translated, wrote, and gathered documents they deemed important and shouldered a new faith tradition. Had they not persevered, we would not have the Bible. 1000 years later, Martin Luther expressed his opinion through actions and writings, and became the figurehead of a movement, which ultimately, changed common man’s view of his relationship with God.

When we commit ourselves to a goal – any goal – we have access to the same spirit of perseverance through our daily habits – completing goals, honoring commitments, and making time for deep thought on issues of importance AND wellness practices.

It is time and commitment to our interior lives (mind, body, and spirit) that lead toward the discovery or development of a gift or message to share with the world.