Monthly Archives: October 2013


Perseverance is a fancy way of saying keeping walking forward toward your destination despite naysayers and blinding snowstorms. Sometimes the effort will pay off, others it won’t. But, you will have accomplished something that few others can admit to: having set a goal and journeyed towards it.

Perseverance can be about achieving a personal goal, a community goal, a national or a global goal, against all apparent odds. Say you have heart disease, and you’ve had a quadruple bypass and subsequent stents. Are you achieving your goals, or just lucky to be standing at this point?  It depends on your goals.  If you’ve no goals beyond continuing to exist moment by moment, keep up with your current diet.  But if your goal is to push through to the next decade or so, consider vastly altering your diet, to the tune of cutting out any source of dietary cholesterol.

Perseverance is a great word, but applying it day-to-day, week-to-week, month-to-month takes continual changes in your attitude.  Changing your attitude one day does not work…you have to work the change into your overall lifestyle. For heart disease, just cutting our red meat ain’t enough. Consider removing all meat, learning to love beans and greens, limiting salt, limiting dairy, and generally adopting a whole new you. For job loss, if a new gig is not immediately apparent, consider needing to re-write who you are, what you need, where you are going.  When new arrows are put into your quiver, new paths become much more possible.

Interesting that the post “Color” had barely anything to do with color and Tai Chi.  That’s the danger of starting a blog post one day, and then actually writing it days later. Ideas morph. My original thoughts ran along the lines of the application of the color spectrum to the concept of weight distribution changes.  Tai Chi deals with constant change. Do no become married to one color or color combination.  Open yourself up to all possibilities. Become more adaptable.  Tai Chi is not the solution to your problems, it is merely a facet of the overall solution.  All of your tools should follow that doctrine too: they are each merely parts of the over plan you need to once again forge ahead successfully.



Age, Change, Color, Movement, Perseverance, Love.

Those are the topics for my six Tai Chi classes at the Hampton Holistic Center this Fall. I’ve done the first four, with “Perseverance” occurring tonight.

Perseverance is the mark of the student who has lasted through more than one class.

Perseverance is the mark of the teacher eager to teach new students.

Perseverance is evident with every newly finished work of art: a book, a painting, a play, a contractual agreement, a building.

While perseverance in Tai Chi can be the completion of a set of exercises, the real deal shows if you are still doing the same (and new) things 5, 10, or 20 years down the road.

Are you?  Will you?