Tuesday, June 14, 2016

D is Determination

Determination can get you further than you ever imagined.

Small children learning to walk has to have determination to pull themselves up and attempt to walk. After falling many times, the child does not give up and is usually determined to eventually walk.

Small children become independent and are determined to do things themselves.

When I was in high school in New York, I was determined to go to Furman University in South Carolina. I knew my parents could not afford to send me to an out of state private university so I had to figure out how I would finance this. I was determined to go so I figured out that my grades needed to be high so I could get scholarships.

When I retired, I was determined to learn how to knit so I watched YouTube videos and joined a local knitting group. The people in my group are great support for encouraging me to do what I’m determined to do.

When I was growing up, my mother used to say, “Where there is a will, there is a way.” I truly believe that and have seen it happen.

Sometimes being determined also means knowing when to ask for help. It is hard for me to ask for help but if I really want to accomplish something, I have to swallow my pride and ask for help. Then I realize that if the end result is important, than I need to ask for help.

Determination doesn’t mean that you will automatically achieve what you want. This might mean that you need help along the way. Or it might mean that it may take longer than you hoped. Or it may mean that you don’t do it alone but may need to collaborate with others.


But determination means hope. And hope means that you don’t give up.  You are constantly looking for ways to accomplish your goal.

What are you determined to do? How will you accomplish it? Please share.

2 comments:

Amy Graham said...

I am determined that my children will not have undergraduate student loans. Luckily, teaching in Tennessee we get 25% tuition break for our children and if they have good grades they get money from our lottery system. The rest I split with my ex ... I work extra in the summer so I am ready for that August bill but the December / January one is harder. I usually use the payment plan option for that semester. It works so far. Grad schools are on them but I am hoping to get them off on a better foot than I started on. Prayer helps, too!

Pat Hensley said...

@Amy Graham You have a great plan set up. It is unbelievable how much college costs now compared to when I was in college. Keeping you in my prayers!