125 words min, 375 words max.
Adequate/Meets Criteria Requirements:
Subjective combined with objective approach [e.g., ["This is what it means (dictionary definition); this is what it means to me."]
Note: Dictionary definitions will not be included as part of the word count.
Dedicants may also include other virtues, if desired, and compare them to the nine.
Our Own Druidry Definition: as "Drive, the motivation to pursue goals even when that pursuit becomes difficult."
Merriam-Webster Definition: "continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition: the action or condition or an instance of persevering."
I very much so believe Perseverance to be an important virtue and I think it really has roots by being part of the warrior class of virtues. Perseverance to me is, quite simply, the unwillingness to give up when the road gets rough. I have lived this countless times in my life and each time I looked back that that difficult situation feeling proud and strong that I persevered through it and did not give up. One can be courageous and act appropriately in the face of danger but if that danger persists then the ability to persevere through the dangerous path is just as important as the initial courage was. Perseverance takes unwavering faith, genuine motivation, support and drive. To be a driven person, one must have focus and intensity. A real world application that I have experienced the past year is that of going back to college as a grown woman and pursuing an academic path outside my comfort zone. It has been the most challenging thing I have had to face alone but I am driven, determined, and motivated to keep pursuing my goals. At the end of a class, I feel proud, I feel like I fought proudly (like a warrior) and refused to accept defeat. I know I did something challenging but I refused to fail. To me, that is persevering, and it teaches us so much about ourselves and what we are capable of.
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