-William Ellery Channing
There are two ways of meeting difficulties: you alter the difficulties, or you alter yourself to meet them.
- Phyllis Battome
Steadfastness is the ability to persevere during difficult times, to stay true to your purpose. It is one of those Virtues that cannot be practiced in the absence of difficulties. Courage is like that too, for there is no Courage without fear. To be Steadfast, one must have a cause to believe in and a challenge to face.
Here at Virtues Circle, we recently faced a challenge, which I admit challenged my own Steadfastness. Two members of our Board of Directors had to step down. The reasons for them were positive – a new job for one and acceptance into graduate school for the other. We wholeheartedly wish them well. However, to loose two such valuable members of our team only a few months into our beginning caused me to wonder about our future. Were we going to make it? Was this a sign of things to come? Should we give up? I was surprised at how quickly I was considering walking away from something I really valued. During this struggle I learned a few things about carrying on in the face of setbacks.