32: Endurance

Endurance is cultivated when determination is coupled with flexibility. Long-distance runners must adapt to changing conditions while maintaining a strong sense of purpose. Two trees growing near each other bend and adapt to enhance each other’s survival. A strong image of durability is the stable relationship of intimate partners that strikes a dynamic balance between involvement in the outside world and nourishment in the home.

True endurance is not based on rigidity, because endurance implies flexibility—not being locked in position. Only by adapting to change can we stay in the race. And only by deepening our sense of purpose can we call forth the strength to win it.

Continuity is achieved through movement, not by keeping still. That which has ceased to grow is degrading toward death. Be actively changing, but stay strongly connected with your roots—your deepest thoughts and feelings.

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Trying to establish an enduring relationship too quickly can easily bring misfortune. It is much better to practice patience than to expect immediate success. Let things develop more slowly, step by step. What endures best is that which has been carefully cultivated. If you are craving too much too quickly, you may end up with nothing.

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Success in lengthy undertakings comes to those who know how to manage their resources. If you are attempting something that seems to be beyond your capabilities, time is your friend. Focus on perseverance in seeing things through. Control your energy. Avoid serious risk-taking right now and there will be no cause for remorse.

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Moody inconsistency brings misfortune. A weakened sense of purpose can be caused by excessive concern for the desires or opinions of others and of society at large. Cultivate the simple pleasures of your life, and your work may improve as well. Developing consistency of character will keep potential humiliations at bay.

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Pure motives do not ensure success all by themselves. Skill is required, but even that is not enough. The hunter who searches for game in deserted areas can wait forever without firing a shot. Persistent searching in the wrong places will not be effective. Master the essential skills of your enterprise and position yourself wisely, and your efforts will not be in vain. Search for what you want in the right place and you may find it.

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Only the true nature of the times can determine whether you should be supportive or assertive. What role do circumstances ask of you right now—to be an active leader or a follower? There is no formula—no permanent solution—on the path to good fortune. To endure to the end, you must adapt and be continually readjusting like a sailor tacking in the wind. Let yourself be guided by the winds of your higher calling.

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Restlessness defeats endurance. Scurrying about in circles just makes one dizzy. Seek to regain your composure so that you can tune your body and mind like a fine violin. Only when the inner frenzy stops can your soul’s sweet music echo through the halls of time. Perseverance furthers.