This week, I’m Enduring.
Webster’s 1828 dictionary defines endurance as “..bearing or suffering; a continuing under pain or distress without resistance, or without sinking or yielding to the pressure; sufferance; patience.”
This time, of year as the markets draw closer to an endm vendors, myself included, start to count down how many markets are left. The easiest week is the first one. Every week after that becomes more and more difficult, until you’re left with a month remaining but with little patience left.
Endurance is not only the quality of patience, as with many of the qualities I discuss it is the application of a quality. Endurance is the application of patience under duress.
In the life of a farmer there are constant difficulties: unfortunately not all of them can be overcome. As it goes in life, some things can’t be changed, there are some difficulties that no matter what you do can’t be avoided. Endurance is how to survive those situations. Endurance is also created and perfected in those situations. Only those with endurance survive situations that require it. When the dust settles, it is the man who has endured that remains, better and stronger for it.
The American Dream requires work; it requires the perseverance and endurance to sail in the storms of life. Anything worth doing will have difficulties that present themselves. Manhood and character are proven by how we handle those situations. Endurance allows us to survive those situations and to be better for them.