Persisting when it counts.
On March 6th this year my wonderful parents celebrated 50 years of marriage.
Can you imagine yourself achieving such a milestone in this day and age? There's a lot to be said about a couple that are able to stick with each other for 50 years. Now I'm no expert on relationships, and I know that my parents marriage and relationship wasn't like the relationships we see in the movies. Theirs is a story of loving each other, highs and lows, creating a family together, supporting each other as they strive for individual dreams, and then in the later years helping each other through health issues.
My parent’s milestone got me thinking about the principles of success and how they easily translate to relationships. Through my studies of success and human potential I have learned that the secret to success in all areas of your life can be replicated across business, relationships, health and also across wealth and prosperity. But let's just focus on relationships and on the one success principle called persistence.
Napoleon Hill in his classic book "Think and Grow Rich" dedicates an entire chapter to persistence. Among other things he mentions about persistence. I think we can learn a lot from this "The majority of people are ready to throw their aims and purposes overboard, and give out at the first sign of opposition or misfortune. A few carry on despite all opposition, until they attain their goal".
When we consider relationships in this day and age and apply the persistence principle, we most definitely can achieve a long-lasting loving relationship. We can aim high in love. What I have noticed though, is the opposite of persistence. I see a lot of people simply give up on their relationship at the first sign of disagreement, opposition, ill health or financial woes or when it just gets too hard. (Please note I am not advocating people stay in abuse or destructive situations)
Then there are those just like my parents who carry on despite all the challenges that relationships are bound to bring. Hill also mentions in his book "Without persistence, you will be defeated, even before you start. With persistence you will win". This was definitely evident in the past three years of my parent’s marriage. When dad ended up in a high care nursing home labeled a quadriplegic and given a few months to live, and mum spent every day going in visiting him taking him in healthy food while maintaining the finances and the household, now that’s loving persistence. I can remember when dad first received his prognosis, and mum said to him, you're not going anywhere we have our 50 years wedding anniversary in a couple of years. So onward and upward they went, persisting, working towards dad being able to walk out of the nursing home, which he did in record time, It took approximately 8 months for him to be back home living with mum.
They had a goal they were aiming towards and they achieved it. However, all this stress eventually took its toll with mum when last year in August, she suffered a heart attack and died for a short period of time, and thanks to a wonderful medical team and mum's persistence she is still with us today, and she gets to celebrate 50 golden years with dad.
So persistence does matter in relationships. Along with many other success principles you can achieve great things in all areas of your life. In his book ‘The Master Key System’, Charles F Haanel has this to say about starting something and seeing it through "When we start something and do not complete it, or make a resolution and do not keep it, we are forming the habit of failure – absolute ignominious failure. If you do not intend to do a thing, do not start.”
Relationships are an integral part to our journey, whether they are friendships, partnerships, marriages or any of the other types of relationships we experience. We build a sacred connection with people, and arm in arm we traverse the landscape of life together, up and down, good times and bad times, learning and growing together onward and upward. The people in our lives most often hold a mirror to us, they reflect back to us our own brilliance, they highlight the areas that we need to develop the most. Without people in our life there really is no growth.
When two people, grow together and build on their level of awareness together, it allows life to deliver so much brilliance. It allows people, whether it be friends, a romantic relationship, family members or even colleagues, to make quantum leaps in their results not only in their relationship but across all areas of their life.
I encourage each of you to take time to learn more about who you are, because in doing so you begin to learn more about the people around you, those who you care about. I encourage you to persist through the challenges, to overcome obstacles and to learn and grow together.
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