It’s Theme Day in my world. All kinds of people are struggling around the issue of persistence. One virtual friend is wondering if she should trunk the novel that no one wants to buy; another debates whether they should be forced to study for finals when they “already know absolutely everything there is to know about grade seven math, Mom”.
I’m still rehashing the choice to keep my poopsicle-eating dog after she got in the garbage and dragged the coffee grounds through every room in the house…. (If you’re wondering what the heck I’m referring to, see the post below.)
Anyway, it got me to thinking about a nugget of wisdom I read somewhere a few years ago about coping strategies. (If this sounds familiar to anyone and they can quote me the source, I’d be immensely, hugely grateful.)
The author said that the world is divided into two kinds of people: those who quit too early when faced with life’s obstacles, and those who quit too late. And the trick to a happier life–or so they said–was to know the category in which we ourselves belong, and then work consciously to develop the skill-set of the other group.
I’m definitely in the Spartan-on-his-shield category. I might moan and grumble and complain, but once set on a course, I’m the freaking Titanic.
Now don’t get me wrong; the quality of perseverance is darn tootin’ helpful in certain circumstances. It’s probably why I recently celebrated my twenty-fifth wedding anniversary, why I didn’t cannibalize my children in their colicky, first half-year of life; and why I regularly spend time on my work-in-progress when I could, say, be juggling knives for more fun and profit.
But rather than spend more time on my issues, like how that stubbornness tenacity has cost me dearly at times, I thought a little interactive thingy might be fun. (Notice the laser-like focus on word choice? It’s an important skill when you’re trying to be a more better writer.)
So for you, Dear Readers, a poll:
“Which shower guy?” you ask. Sigh. Must I do everything for you? Just look below….
Yowza! Talk about strategic shower enclosure placement! And why do I have a sudden urge to try out my microfibre cleaning cloth, although I think there will be nothing “micro” about his “fibre”, if you get my drift. 😉
But seriously, does that paradigm above have any validity, in your experience? And if so, what has helped you get more balanced in your approach?