persistance Feed

art of compromise


You will only find happiness when you allow perfection and compromise to meet. It’s their warm embrace that makes a difference. It’s their unabashed dichotomy that can bring forth success.

Dreams can come true, but they don’t exactly arrive how they are imagined.

Perfection is a trap. An illusion. But we know that.

No human being will ever be capable of perfection.

No human being is even remotely capable of ever grasping what perfection means. Just ask the poor mathematicians who have been labouring so painstakingly for many decades and are still so far away from discovering the definitive, perfect, final value for pi. 

It’s 3.141526 something. 


Our human happiness hides in that very something.

Our happiness is only possible if we learn to compromise of our will with perfection. You will only experience peace when you learn to compromise and behold ‘something’.

You will never be able to discover the definitive value of the circumference of a circle and it really doesn’t matter. You know what you need to know about whatever it is you need to know. You have what you have. You have your life. You have time. You have some means with which to move forward and being perfect doesn’t matter. It’s a trap.

A deadly trap. 

A spiritual quicksand.

One that causes much pain and ill will between men and women.

Perfection is not the trap.

Our uncompromising pursuit of perfection is the trap.

And you do have to aim to be perfection in order to be happy. It would be silly not to. 

You have to look up to something.

If I gave you the option of drinking a full glass of water or a half empty one, only a fool would debate if the glass was half full or half empty, and remain thirsty. The smart person would drink the full glass of water, or they would find a way to top it up. 

At the beginning. Yes. When you begin to dream, there should be no room for compromise. 

You have to behold what is perfect. 

You have to try to solve for Pi.

Compromise comes later and it too is a deadly trap. It will destroy your should if you don’t employ it near the end, but give into it at the beginning. 

You have many talents. You have great value.

Don’t every compromise who you are and who you are meant to be.

Always aim high. Aim far. Aim deep.

Don’t capitulate your dreams, and don’t take them for a Sunday drive.

At some point of your journey, life is bound to get hard. Your determination is bound to slow down. Your dreams will become foggy. Your hand unsteady. Your steps unsure.

That’s when you need the art of compromise.

If you fall, and you will, you can’t expect things to be the same.

You will miss your beat.

You will play the wrong note.

You will mock things up.

And when you fall, your movements will become slower. Your body will be broken. Your mind will want to give you. You will feel every ache and pain imaginable. You will feel every stinging word, especially as they come at you from deep insideyou.

Learn to compromise.

Don’t give up.

Giving up is a form of perfection too.

All or nothing. Both are perfect.

One has everything. The other one has nothing. They are both complete.

They are part of the same coin. They are children of the same mother.

Learn to compromise.

Learn patience, perseverance, and persistence.

Little over everything. Something, anything, over nothing.

Learn to be kind to yourself. 

Make a vow to keep moving forward.

Learn that happiness is fought for not stumbled upon.

Learn to compromise.

Let compromise embrace perfection.

Don’t stand in your own way.

tenacity of persistence


Inky Johnson calls it ‘the process’. He says you have to love it or you won’t get anywhere.

You have to commit to it and love it.

You have to love to edit. Rehearse. Love to practice.

You have to push through. Everyday.

Without exception.

One day at a time. One hour at a time. 

Sometimes, one breath at at time.

Through ups and downs.

Through sickness. Disappointment. Through failure.

Through sunny days as much as frigid days.

Through winter and summer.

Through it all you have to develop the tenacity of persistence.

You must summon a divine patience.

Unwavering commitment.

An inner will others fail to unearth.

But this doesn’t mean you are special. It doesn’t mean you’re particularly gifted. It just means you have the tenacity to finish what you started.

And it all just boils down to persistence.

Tenacity. Patience. Persistence.

You have to think about the end, but you can’t get there until tomorrow.

But there is work to be done today. Work that cannot wait.

Important work. Meaningful work.

Work that you can’t afford to miss.

Because if it ligers til tomorrow, you won’t be able to get to the next thing, and the next thing, and the next thing.

You won’t know what you need to know. You won’t learn what you should have learned. You won’t see what you were meant to see.

Persistence helps you get unstuck.

It helps you gain perpetual motion.

Persistence helps you adjust course precisely because you are always moving.

But why do so many people lack in persistence?

Why are they in love with the results but abhor the process?

Why do we embrace heroes and fail to become heroines?

It’s worth the time to contemplate.

I think you’re important.

I think what you have to offer the world is important.

I think your dreams are worth some tenacity and persistence.

Oodles and oodles of tenacity and persistence.

Don’t get discouraged.

Don’t see failure as a sign to stop and pack up.

As an indication to leave and go somewhere else.

You will make mistakes because you are never meant to know and see what you were never meant to know and see. You were given the task to make educated guesses. To act on a hunch. To test your hypothesis. You were born to make the best decision you can, with whatever you were given and whatever time that you’ve got. 

There is a great deal of stuff we face each and every day and it gets overwhelming sometimes. It is often beyond our control. Outside our force of influence. Things happen for a reason, which is strange, why we are so willing to shoulder so much of the blame for everything. Why we think we have failed, when in fact mistakes are things, not people.

I’m not suggesting that we avoid personal responsibility and hide from our morality.

Far from it.

I’m suggesting that we are often too hard on ourselves when we happen to make a mistake. Far too harsh when we fail. Without good reason because failure is just part of the process. An opportunity to learn. An invitation for growth. A chance to go back and go left when we went right.

Life calls for persistence.

It calls for much tenacity of persistence.

Life tests your resolve with obstacles that are not meant to punish you or keep you down, but to challenge you. To help you overcome yourself and make you a more pleasant and complete human being.

You’re important.

We need the very best of you.

Summon your tenacity and be persistent.

Embrace ‘the process’

Keep going.