“When the thunder rumbles,
Now the age of gold is dead.
When the dreams we’ve clung to
Trying to stay young,
Have left us parched and old instead.
When my courage crumbles,
When I feel confused and frail,
When my spirit falters on decaying altars
And my illusions fail —
I go on right then.
I go on again.
I go on to say I will celebrate another day.
I go on.
If tomorrow tumbles
And everything I love is gone,
I will face regret all my days, and yet
I will still go on.” Leonard Bernstein
Determination – facing the odds and not quitting in times of difficulty. It takes determination to do anything of value in your life. Remember back to a time when you were determined to do something, how did feel to accomplish that goal?
For some people it means pursuing a college education, it means having the resolve to face the challenges and push through even in difficult times. For some people is going after a vocation that they believe in. For some people it is climbing a mountain. Whatever the goal it takes determination to reach the objective. Rock climbers climb with determination to reach their goal, going beyond what most people would imagine possible.
In 1914 Earnest Shackleton set sail for Antarctica with the goal of crossing the continent. Before Shackleton and crew could set foot on land their ship Endurance was captured in ice which quickly surround the vessel. Months later the crew abandoned the ship as the ship became overwhelmed with the pressure of the ice. The crew survived the harsh winter on Elephant island. Shackleton was determined to get his crew rescued and set out in a small boat with a few others and made a long trip to South George island.
When have you been challenged beyond what you thought was possible? What kept you going?