The virtue of perseverance is certainly helpful to have when undergoing the Dedicant Program! The Dedicant Manual describes perseverance as the drive and “motivation to pursue goals even when that pursuit becomes difficult.” The definition on dictionary.com is roughly the same in more or less words.
Perseverance is important in order to achieve one’s goals. Everything worth getting requires a certain amount of work whether the goal is to obtain a college degree, maintain a happy marriage, or bake a loaf of bread. It is both the energy that you exert to reach your desires and the attitude you hold in regards to it. I also believe that the ability to persevere is dependent upon a person’s ability to visualize or think futuristically and in the long term. I think perseverance has a well-earned home among the other virtues of ADF.
I think that I possess this virtue. I have many hobbies and make a point to always complete my projects. I’m also able to persevere through the challenges of college life, whether they are academic, emotional, or financial and I think my ability to do so has something to do with my futuristic thinking, my desire to improve upon myself, and the knowledge that I will be better for having completed the tasks.
When I think of examples of perseverance in regards to my hearth culture, I automatically think of Cú Chulain, the hero of Ireland. Though I only have a novice’s understanding of his exploits, he never gave up his quests, even when faced with terrible obstacles. For example, despite the difficulties, he manages to cross the perilous bridge to Scathach’s fortress in order to receive training. The God Lugh also displayed perseverance before the gate of the Tuatha de Danann when he presented every skill he was capable of until he was finally admitted into Nuada’s court.
~Grey Catling, 2008