Weekly Photo Challenge: Endurance

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.
—William Ernest Henley
Waves in San Diego, photo taken by Emma Bennett
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Endurance is an eloquent expression of grace mingling with human experience persevering onward even when the most terrifying, towering waves threaten to crush them against the rocks. To me, this is endurance: self-discipline, self-control, and fearless will to persevere even in the face of opposition, challenge, or uncertainty.



Aspiring for Greatness

Have you ever had those moments where you hit a wall of discouraging inner dialogue in times when you feel an urge to spread your wings and achieve something big? I think we can all have a sigh of relief when we recognize that we aren’t the only people in the world striving to push beyond our current limitations. What we are able to accomplish today is more than what we were able to accomplish every yesterday before, and we will have even greater chances henceforth. Experiential progress is a remarkable opportunity we can seize upon in every moment of our lives. Excellence is achievable every day.

It is one thing for me to say this and a wholly completely different undertaking for me to prove it. This is why I am starting to write this blog. I want to push myself not to give up on this simple task of writing for at least fifteen minutes, two to three times per week. It is so easy to start something, get discouraged along the way, and start dropping it like walking around with water cupped in your hand.

For myself personally, I am going to use this journal to expand my creative abilities, learn about leadership, and discipline myself to have greater inner stability. For you, if there is some way I can encourage you to also believe in yourself and push for self-actualization, I would be glad to be of service.

To cut things short and stop myself from writing you an entire novel, I believe that we can make choices to develop ourselves and set our dreams as our true north. We can reach deep down to really know ourselves. We can keep confident and keep our posture straight even in moments we feel tested, nervous, or unsure. We can aspire for greatness.

Greatness means strife for nation and man alike. A soft, easy life is not worth living, if it impairs the fibre of brain and heart and muscle. We must dare to be great; and we must realize that greatness is the fruit of toil and sacrifice and high courage… We are face to face with our destiny and we must meet it with a high and resolute courage. For us is the life of action, of strenuous performance of duty; let us live in the harness, striving mightily; let us rather run the risk of wearing out than rusting out.
—Address at the opening of the gubernatorial campaign, New York City (October 5, 1898), reported in “The Duties of a Great Nation”, Campaigns and Controversies, vol. 14 of The Works of Theodore Roosevelt, national ed. (1926), chapter 45, p. 291.