First things first, this is NOT a political post. Rather, I was mulling over a blog topic today, and the phrase immediately came to mind, and I immediately knew I had to use it to title this post. Even though it's been used more times than the internet can probably even count. In many contexts. From many people. From many walks of life. But I thought to myself, "Self, why would you she away from a title that both so easily popped into your head AND fits the topic you're wanting to discuss?"
And I answered myself by opening my laptop.
But while this now-popular slogan is generally used in a political manner, I want to spin it a little today, and boil it down to the words themselves. Let's have a quick read of the definitions.
I put these in this post to make sure the concept is fresh in your mind. The concept being that no matter what, in the face of adversity or challenges, in spite of whatever difficulties may present themselves, you continue firmly, and even obstinately, toward your goal, whatever that may be.
For one cute 7-year old beagle puppy, Lucy, her goal is catching "the noise." What's the noise, you may ask? Well, "the noise" may be a UPS truck idling outside the house, it may be a person walking by our house on the street making sounds on the pavement with his/her shoes, it may be the cats walking across the living room floor while Lucy is in the bedroom, it may be a car door shutting or opening, another dog barking, or sometimes, just the sound of boredom (I can't blame her boredom for having a sound–it's definitely loud because she definitely has a lot of it given my physical state and inability to walk and play with her as I'd like and as she needs).
"The noise," in whichever form it presents at any moment throughout any given day, is something that must immediately be chased, something that just simply MUST be unmasked, requiring jolting off the bed or couch or (insert resting place here) and barking as loud and and long as beagle-ly possible, because Lucy knows that she needs to catch "the noise" (or whatever is making the noise...but since the door is most often closed, she just knows it's "the noise" on "her" street).
When met with an obstacle aimed at preventing her from accomplishing her goal, Lucy persists. Sometimes annoyingly so, but as long as I'm able to tolerate it, I let her get it out of her system (to a point). She persists each and every time, wholeheartedly believing that THIS time is going to be the time she chases down, unmasks, and dismantles/investigates "the noise," never letting any sound go past without making sure everyone around knows she is trying her doggone (see what I did there?) hardest to catch that noise because she is a Beagle and she never gives up, and she wants you to know she will remain persistent at catching the sound every day of her life.
While you'd think it'd be distressing to never see your goal, it's a rare occasion where I see her truly distraught (that usually only happens when she doesn't have a person in her sight and separation anxiety kicks in). Usually, she barks, realizes it didn't happen, she didn't catch "the noise," and then she resumes her daily activities of pestering the cats or lying atop my electric blanket (which she also thinks is hers), until "the noise" comes again. Wash, Rinse, Repeat.
Similarly, shouldn't we ALL chase our goals with such persistence? I know my life would look a heckuva lot different if I always gave 100% when I was trying to accomplish something. I often think I'm giving my all, and there are times when I DO give my all and then some extra, but I'm striving to have more of a Lucy-mindset. No matter what obstacles are in my way, and even though my day to day goals now are far different than they were several years ago, I want to always be persistent.
Some may argue I already am persistent, and that's why I'm still alive today, but I have to disagree. I know the reason I'm still here is because GOD persistently shows me mercy and grace and gives me hope and the ability to persist in any circumstances life throws my way. As long as I lean on Him, I know I have His strength IN me, to help me persist throughout the day, throughout diagnoses, throughout treatment, throughout detox, throughout herxing, throughout life.
It can be difficult with a chronic illness to WANT to persist, especially after we feel so worn down after years and years of sickness and pain and flares and diagnoses, but I've got some good news for you. If you're reading this post, you have thus far persisted in life...and if you've made it this far, what's stopping you from continuing to persist in spite of difficulties or obstacles in your way?
In short, always be like Lucy.