Taking a Dare!

I know from conversations that I am not the only blog writer who occasionally draws a blank when trying to come up with material for a new blog entry. Besides this blog, I also keep a personal journal for those things that are not meant for consumption by the general public.  In an attempts to “build community” with other bloggers – specifically other blogging moms – I am a member of a website called “Bloggy Moms” and they have decided to do  something that I think is kind of fun – they are issuing one writing prompt each day for 2012.  I’m a little late to the party but having read through some of the samples, I think this could be interesting!  So here goes.

In today’s prompt, I’m supposed to write about something I persevered through.  I can’t really choose one specific thing.  Partly because I don’t know if others would agree that what I dealt with required perseverance.  Partly because there are some things I’ve persevered through that belong in my private journal, not on the web.

I’m currently going through something that’s going to require some perseverance.  What’s waiting on the other side will lead to some very positive things, the most important of which is the strengthening of a relationship.  To get there, though, I have to confront some things about myself that are not necessarily pleasant, choose to change some behaviors that are a negative influence, and enter into some conversations that need to be handled very gently.

Do I have what it takes to persevere?  Maybe.  I got married and had my first child while still in college but managed to finish my education, getting my degree and never taking so much as a semester off.  Some might say that is perseverance.  I have a family member who is a recovering addict and we managed to rebuild a healthy relationship after he got clean.  Definitely some perseverance required there.

But do I have what it takes to make some needed changes, to confront some of my own shortcomings and try to make improvements?  I’d like to think so.  I know I want this more than I’ve wanted anything else and some baby steps have been taken with a very positive outcome.  I guess only time will tell.

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