Perseverance seems to be one of the most important factors in success and I’m convinced that remaining hopeful whilst battling on is important for those of us in ministry and especially pioneers. We face opposition, complication, misunderstanding, our own weakness and internal struggle while we journey, building new communities in the teeth of gales and storms.
Sometimes, paradoxically, we need to stop fighting and let go, letting the tide carry us and God will work within that. I was reading another book by the fantastic Margaret Wheatley (all her books so far a gift to pioneers). This one is called Perseverance and is a tiny book of pithy helpful sections, complete with art and short quotes that are amusing and often profound. I liked this one: “If you maintain a sense of humour and a distrust of the rules laid down around you, there will be success” Chogyam Trungpa.
What I loved most for my own situation is this poem,
From the Elders of the Hopi Nation: To My Fellow Swimmers
Here is a great river flowing now very fast.
It is so great and swift that there are those
who will be afraid, who will try
to hold onto the shore.
They are being torn apart and
will suffer greatly.
Know that the river has its destination.
The elders say we must let go of the shore.
Push off into the middle of the river,
and keep our heads above water.
And I say see who is there with you
At this time in history,
we are to take nothing personally,
least of all ourselves,
for the moment we do
our spiritual growth and journey come to a halt.
The time of the lone wolf is over.
Banish the word struggle from your attitude
All we do now must be done
in a sacred manner and in celebration.
For we are the ones we have been waiting for.