"To endure struggle is greater than to dare to invite it, for survival demands no less than being able to both face and withstand it. Not allowing difficulties to daunt, and to maintain one's pounding heart when all around have lost theirs, is at the very center of wanting to live. Endurance invariably represents the core of reasoning and provides the wherewithal for not being a push over and being able to express your honest feelings and stand your ground with the best of them.
The ability to express oneself in such manner will determine why one person will succeed in their endeavours and another fail to perform similar tasks. One important way that will enable you to change your life from this very moment, is to start being yourself. As Hamlet was advised by Polonius in Shakespeare's play of the same name, ' This above all; to thine own self be true. And it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.'
To be able to withstand all that life is capable of throwing at you and to still come out fighting your corner, your ability to endure will be better buttressed by your measurement and mark of truth. Fall short in honest expression, cloud the obvious or subtly attempt to mislead and deceive, and all endurance will be short lived and crumble in the face of honest confrontation.
I once recall a young man I worked with in the mill when I first left school. His name was John and he weighed no more than five stone when wet through. All of his life, John had been the subject of bullying. He'd proved himself to be an easy target for anyone who wanted to look bigger by making him look small in the eyes of others. Often, John would find himself being pushed and shoved around as a laugh by the older and bigger mill workers, but he would never allow himself not to resist or fight back. I will never forget the day a bigger boy knocked John to the ground, yet he still got up, prepared to be knocked down again if necessary. However, the day finally arrived after John had worked at the mill six months when few of the mill employees were any longer prepared to tease and bully him daily, or to see him bullied for that matter. His very refusal to refuse to stay down every time someone put him down had earned him the respect of his work mates, and once respect for him was present, the bullies had lost their battle as well as their compliant audience. The very next time, someone bullied John, someone interrupted and stood up for him and remained alongside him, and the time after and all subsequent times. John became one of the most popular mill workers and never again had to stand alone in the face of adversity.
John, had through his ability to withstand his daily knocks of life showed that those who are prepared to endure will always last out the race and cross the finishing line.People who stand up for what they are and what they truly believe, and are prepared to stand alone, rarely have to! " William Forde: February 7th, 2017.