To persevere is defined as a steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state in spite of difficulties, obstacles or discouragement. This certainly is a perspective, when put into practice, promotes a healthier lifestyle. The reward for those who persevere is that it’s easier to move forward when life presents its challenges or as a friend calls them, “opportunities”.

Those who have mastered this philosophy know that when times are hard, it’s the perfect opportunity to grow. The results are a spiritual and emotional maturity that in turn leads to an attitude of positive and gratitude living . . . the “this too shall pass” attitude.

It’s so easy to allow fear and doubt to rule when life gets rocky. The truth is that all of life experiences, each and every one whether painful or joyful, come and go. Each was replaced with a new experience. To get stuck in today’s pain is to lose this perspective . . . to lose the hope that God gifts us.

There is another correlation to the word, perseverance. That is happiness. Those who persevere successfully are happier in the present. The “Someday . . . I’ll be happy” philosophy goes by the wayside more and more to enjoy the “today,” the “moment.”

Alfred D’ Souza said, “For a long time, it had seemed to me that life was about to begin — real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last, it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.” Life is what happens while you are waiting for life to happen.

As the seasons in nature, each of life’s seasons has its reason, beauty and promise. The following story shares this message in a beautiful way.

Lessons on Life . . .

There was a man who had four sons. He wanted his sons to learn not to judge things too quickly. So he sent them each on a quest, in turn, to go and look at a pear tree that was a great distance away.

The first son went in the winter, the second in the spring, the third in summer and the youngest son in the fall.

When they had all gone and come back, he called them together to describe what they had seen. The first son said that the tree was ugly, bent, and twisted. The second son said no it was covered with green buds and full of promise. The third son disagreed; he said it was laden with blossoms that smelled so sweet and looked so beautiful, it was the most graceful thing he had ever seen.

The last son disagreed with all of them; he said it was ripe and drooping with fruit, full of life and fulfillment.

The man then explained to his sons that they were all right, because they had each seen but only one season in the tree’s life. He told them that you cannot judge a tree, or a person, by only one season, and that the essence of who they are and the pleasure, joy and love that comes from that life can only be measured at the end, when all the seasons are up.

If you give up when it’s winter, you will miss the promise of your spring, the beauty of your summer, fulfillment of your fall. Author unknown.

Moral: Don’t let the pain of one season destroy the joy of all the rest. Persevere through the difficult patches and better times are sure to come some time or later. Live for today and hope for tomorrow.

I’ll leave you with these verses: Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted.

Mary Garza Cummings is a freelance writer. The Town Crier does not warrant the information as valid. It is the responsibility of the reader to ensure validity of the information. If you have email askseniorfocus@aol.com