She is my friend. For a long time, you wouldn’t have thought so. There were just sarcastic comments in the hallway as we passed. She would say things to me like, “You are old but you dress young.” or, “Where do you get your hair cut?” Just before she graduated, we finally admitted that we were buddies. In my perception, it would be hard not to be that with her.
This buddy of mine, now a Begin Anew graduate, has spirit and tenacity. I’ve spent years training in taekwondo and one of its tenets is Indomitable Spirit; it means NEVER GIVE UP. One of my son’s coaches recently said to me of him, “He tried harder than anyone out here. You know that right?” At the time I nodded, but later, after time to consider and fully assimilate his comment, I realized how much that meant to me. My son has more than his share of natural athletic gifting and a passionate love for competition. But to me, the fact that my son showed “Indomitable Spirit” means more; NEVER GIVE UP.
Well, my friend didn’t give up. She graduated. She received her high school diploma.
I am convinced that sometimes endurance is all we have…. Most days, I pray that I have as much of it as I admire in others. Often though, I have a feeling I observe it better than I live into it. And it is then I appreciate it more than ever. And observe it with new wonder.
Thanks, my friend, for showing it to me.