Bust Out Your Sheen in 2019
Prelude: Thank goodness for the snow. I’m hoping that I can’t make it out of my driveway tomorrow morning. We sure need the moisture, and I’m a bit giddy as both Durango Snow Lovers and OpenSnow seem to think we’re in for a wallop of a snowstorm over the next couple days. As I write I’m watching it come down from my home office.
As nature unleashes its bounty I consider my buddy in the produce industry. Years ago I worked with him moving packages of tomatoes around the country, learning many lessons I still try to apply to this day. He kept in close contact with his customers, always coming up with a cheeky slogan for the New Year so that when he called he’d have something to make them laugh in their first interaction of the year. From him I saw yet another example of the benefits of staying the course, keeping your hand to the plow, patiently and diligently working the land before you, valuing others, working hard at your relationships, and the importance of communication.
Bust Out Your Sheen In 2019.
SHEEN, n. Brightness ; splendor. (American Dictionary of the English Language. Noah Webster, 1828)
What will we do this year that will glow from its remarkable impact on ourselves, our families and friends, and the world around us? Which actions will lead to satisfaction similar to receiving a hard-earned trophy or medal when we reflect on our deeds in 2019?
I’m admittedly a fan of the written word. Growing up, my least favorite subjects were english and writing composition; I much prefer mathematics, economics, and history. The realization that I’ve become fond of reading and enjoy when one paints a picture through their mastery of written language is somewhat fascinating to me. In this I have much to learn and much to gain in craft, but I’ll give it and some other things the ol’ college try in 2019.
That’s what this article is about. Breaking out intentionally in some way in the New Year now upon our doorstep. And having that break out be something that you’ve always wanted to try, bringing something you’ve been working on for years to fruition, something you’ve maybe only dreamt possible but now realize that you can do it, you can achieve whatever you’re thinking about if you only continue walking in the direction of accomplishing it. I believe you can teach an old dog new tricks, but it starts with the dog.
The key to whatever we pursue this year will be perseverance.
PERSEVERANCE, n. Persistence in any thing undertaken ; continued pursuit or prosecution of any business or enterprise begun (American Dictionary of the English Language. Noah Webster, 1828)
Of the many popular quotes of Calvin Coolidge, this is perhaps his most famous:
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “Press On!” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”
Another cool cat, Elias Lyman Magoon, has a thing or two to say about perseverance:
“The practice of perseverance is the discipline of the noblest virtues. To run well, we must run to the end. It is not the fighting but the conquering that gives a hero his (or her) title to renown.”
“Invariable you will find perseverance exemplified as the radical principle in every truly great character. It facilitates, perfects, and consolidates the execution of the plan conceived, and renders profitable its results when attained. By continuing to advance steadily in the same way, light constantly increases, obstacles disappear, efficient habits are confirmed, experience is acquired, the use of best means is reduced to easy action, and success becomes more sure.”
That sounds pretty good to me. There are many opportunities for us to advance our major causes and passions this year, and we might yet have to endure struggles both large and small in pursuit of them. But these trials will have the effect of shaping our means of achieving our undertakings until we overcome them, thus rendering the pains themselves profitable in their own way.
I’ve got the rest of a beautiful snowstorm to watch (and plow) while contemplating my objectives for the year as I put them to paper. And tonight I’ll be raising a Stout to you all -
“There are good ships,
And there are wood ships,
The ships that sail the sea.
But the best ships, are friendships,
And may they always be.”
Happy New Year!