I grew up hearing various expressions on how hard work and persistence can pay off. I’ll be honest, I always thought there was a huge amount of luck involved as well – and maybe there is, but without the hard word in the beginning and the hard-headed persistence to see something through, nothing would ever be accomplished.
Two examples of this from different areas of my life came to light recently. One was last week when Murder of Crows was reviewed in the local newspaper. It was such a nice review – for those who missed it last week, here’s the link. It wouldn’t have happened without the persistence to write (and finish) the book, the persistence of others to read and help edit the story, the persistence to allow myself to make mistakes as I fumbled though publishing it myself, and the persistence of everyone involved of talking about Murder of Crows and promoting it! Thank you – others are starting to take notice of the little ghost story!
The other example of persistence paying off recently came from Kobi. It has been such a wacky summer between the heat, rain, and bugs keeping me out of the saddle. We have done more ground work the past few months than I think we have done during our entire relationship! Earlier in the summer, I developed a severe pain in my left arm – which I recently found out is an inflamed rotator cuff- so I’ve had a hard time riding and working Kobi the way I normally do. I’ve had to go to neck reining to protect my shoulder. Due to the persistence of our ground work and saddle time – he was amazing and I could tell we had more trust with each other than we had a few short months ago.
It just goes to show persistence, hard work, and maybe just a little luck really does pay off!