Perseverance is a function of strength, wisdom, and courage. Fairy tales – particularly those which deal with coming of age – often speak to this virtue. In the fairy tale format it is often the youngest, most unwise, least prepared individuals who are sent off to complete an impossible task. They are armed with nothing but determination and dogged faith, and they rarely succeed on the first attempt. If they do, it’s usually because they find out they’ve only completed the first of a thousand steps. what allows them to eventually save the kingdom or kill the monster is that they keep trying. They keep looking for the best answer, the best way. Perseverance is an exercise of the Will – the simplest distillation of magic. To win it is not required that you be the strongest or the biggest or the richest or even the most clever. All you have to do is seek, with single pointed attention, the object of your heart’s desire – and maintain the belief that you will get it in the end, against all odds. Will is power, and perseverance is the way we direct it. To continue in the face of defeat requires the ability to see beyond: the end goal, the big picture; seeing things through, so to speak. Perseverance makes the hard choices. It is what allows us to stretch beyond and grow. Perseverance is saying, like The Little Engine That Could, “I think I can! I think I can!” until you do.