May 21, 2017

3 Examples of Endurance




“We draw our strength from the very despair in which we have been forced to live. We shall endure.” –Cesar Chavez

What is bravery? If you asked 100 people, you might get the same amount of  answers. The definition of the word may be dependent on one’s own life experiences. I think the answers would all have one characteristic in common, though: endurance. Courage is absolutely necessary to go through any struggle, right?

Childbirth



This is not an easy process for most mothers. There are many factors that can’t always be easily controlled or predicted. Medical attention is often necessary. The most difficult part is near the end when the contractions and the pain really set in. I’m sure that every woman wonders if/when the trauma will stop. You don’t even want to know what I was thinking when my children were being born; trust me.

Are those precious bundles of joy (babies) worth the trouble? Apparently, your mom thought so; you’re alive and reading this.

History is full of examples of people who have gained victories after enduring astonishing hardships. Let’s look at three of them--and some of their most well-known quotes:

King George VI of England (the father of Queen Elizabeth)


“It is not the walls that make the city, but the people who live within them. The walls of London may be battered, but the spirit of the Londoner stands resolute and undismayed.”

Some of this prominent figure’s struggles were documented in the marvelous movie, 
The King’s Speech. They include the following:

  • Accepted the throne when his older brother suddenly abdicated
  • Stuttered
  • Led England through World War II
  • Disrespected by some family members

Winston Churchill (Prime Minister of England from 1940-1945 and 1951-1955)


“Success is not final; failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.”
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“Never give in, never give in, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in except to conviction of honor and good sense.” (Harlow school speech of October 29th, 1941, quoted from Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations)
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“Sure I am of this, that you have only to endure to conquer.”
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  • Distant parents
  • Prime Minister during World War II

Teddy Roosevelt (26th President of the United States)

 “It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.”—Theodore Roosevelt

  • Childhood illness and weakness
  • Fought to break up some major monopolies, including those of J.P. Morgan and John D. Rockefeller

My Conclusion

“I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all.”—Ecclesiastes 9:11 (NIV)

Endurance wins the prize; it really does. It doesn’t matter if your objective is a safe country, a baby, better health, or a life of contentment. Difficult, long-range goals are only reached through patience, strategic planning, and lots of hard work.

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How are you practicing endurance?