Week beginning March 28, 2022; each week we discuss a principle or value of the Qualities of Success. We suggest you use the Word of The Week in your thoughts, deeds and actions. You might currently possess the quality and desire to develop it to a higher level. You could replace a bad habit with a good habit. Write an action step and use it daily to develop the Quality in your life.
The word this week is ENDURANCE: the mental or moral strength to stand against and resist opposition, danger, stress or hardship.
Steps to develop Endurance can be developed and increased by exercising an inner strength in everyday life. Endurance is the ability to deal effectively with all challenges. It is the will power and self-discipline to persevere. You can use mental toughness exercises to learn to tolerate being uncomfortable. Do the thing you do not want to do for only five minutes and be present with the discomfort. Do not ignore your feelings
Many centuries ago, a woman almost underestimated the power of one. She thought things were too far gone. She did not think there was anything she could do before all the Jews would be killed.
The woman’s name was Esther, the Jewish wife of the Persian king. He was the one about to be tricked into making a disastrous decision and exterminate all the Jews. Esther was adopted and her father realized she alone held the key to the heart of the King. Her adoptive father appealed to her conscience and stated to her” if you remain silent at this time, you and the house of your father will perish (Esther 4:14).
Esther listened to the request of her father. He got her attention with his final line “And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14)
That statement convinced her. Esther broke long standing protocol, marched into the throne room of the king and spoke her mind to the king. Esther alone rescued the Jews from being killed. One woman, one voice, saved an entire nation. She was willing to stand in the gap, to get personally involved, to the point of great sacrifice. Esther stated in 4:16 “If I perish, I perish”. Esther had the mental and moral strength and courage to stand against the protocol and the laws of the day to save the Jewish Nation.
Esther never thought SOMEONE ELSE SHOULD BE DOING THIS, NOT ME. SHE DID NOT IGNORE THE NEED BECAUSE OF THE RISK. Sacrifice is the stuff people with Endurance and Durability are made. They make a difference.
How much difference can one make?
I am only one, but still, I am one.
I cannot do everything, but still, I can do something.
And because I cannot do everything,
I WILL NOT REFUSE TO DO THE SOMETHING THAT I CAN DO.
(Edward Everett Hale, American author, late 1900s)
1. Please put aside all excuses and ask yourself. What should I be doing?
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