To make anything of value work, persistence is the key. This old and perhaps worn-out adage is, in fact, true. As a newly minted, self-sufficient farmer I can attest for that. However, persistence is only half the story.
Perseverance is the other half. Self-sufficiency is honest work; it is demanding work, and it is unforgiving. Failure is not an option: it is a matter of fact, it is an absolute. You will persist…at first.
And when persistence seems impossible, perseverance needs to take over.
Often times the work will seem endless, giving up seems at times the only option, but only half of that is true: the work is endless but life is not.
Take time to look up at the stars at night. Take time to watch the fog break early in the morning over the uncut fields. Take time to watch the turkey eating the fallen crab apples down by the creek. And take time to enjoy life and the ones you love.
Work will be there, as it always is, but we must persevere in the happiness that is life and be persistent in the value that we put upon it.