When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going
Joseph P. Kennedy
The tough hang in there; they persevere
In the Greek language, the word perseverance is literally made up of two words. One means “to remain.” The other word means “under.” That tells us that perseverance is the ability to remain under the pressure of difficulty with a good spirit
In the header today I put a picture of some new glasses and matching carafe that I reacently purchased at the dollar store. They were all on sale . I love the end of season clearance sales. I got a set of 8 glasses at 50 cents each and the carafe was 50 cents. They were not an expensive item at all but I’m going to enjoy them for many years. That is if I don’t break them. So often I break things that always seem to be the things that matter most.
They have an embossed pattern on them with lemon slices and wedges and the words LEMONADE. I do enjoy fresh lemonade. It is very refreshing on hot summer days and reminds me too that when life hands you lemons…just make some lemonade.
This all goes together with my theme for today – when the going gets tough, the tough get going. With a large family like mine times were always tough it seemed. When the children were young, my DDH worked 2 jobs so we’d be able to afford everything they needed.
When the youngest was 4 I went back to work just so he could stop working 2 jobs and see his family more. The boys were growing up…the oldest at that time was 12 and they needed more time with their Dad. We always made ends meet and never wanted to anything that was important. We might have wanted a few more things, but we had what was necessary.
I’ve worked since and am thankful I’d gone back to work when I did. Little did I know that a short 8 years later I would be the sole support of our family.
I do thank the good Lord for seeing us through those tough times and that we were tough enough to persevere through it all. We really never thought of ourselves as having a tough time, but looking back we surely did work hard to make it all come out right.
The glasses were not needed at my house and thankfully I can now splurge now and then and buy trivial things on a whim.
THOUGHT FOR TODAY
Tough times never last, but tough people do.
Believing in yourself is essential