Persevere in the New Year

By Lauralee Neldon

You made it through 2018 and have now stepped into 2019!  Congratulations! You persevered.


Definition of PERSEVERANCE: continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition: the action or condition or an instance of persevering: steadfastness.

There I was sitting in my car…in line…waiting.

I glanced up and saw the MOST amazing thing!

A tree that had most assuredly gone through years of growth and had made it- despite all odds. 

It had broken through concrete blocks that had purposely been built to keep it out, to hold it down and not just one block of concrete… but layers. 


It reminded me of LIFE. My life. Your life.

We are often called to persevere through circumstances, relationships, finances, jobs, labels, situations, physical and emotional hindrances…

Think of the concrete blocks in your life.

What are they?

Who are they?

Why are they?

Write them down.

It’s funny that two people can look at the same thing (even situations) and see two entirely different things.

When I showed my photo to friends, their reaction was one of dismay.  

All they could see was the damage the tree had done to the wall.

We go through life like that, don’t we?

Judging the tree that persevered.


Is there any value to this tree?

Will it make an excellent shade for others?

Is it strong enough to weather life’s storms?

Do we see the strength of perseverance or only the damage?

And which are we? 

The concrete blocks weighing ourselves and possibly others down?

Or the tree - focused, pushing upward, living between the mortars of life?

This tree speaks to my heart.

I am encouraged by it, and I hope that you are too.

Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.
— Marie Curie
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