(with Myron Rogers) Turning to One Another Finding Our Way

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(with Myron Rogers) Turning to One Another Finding Our Way
OTHERBOOKSBYMARGARETJ.WHEATLEY
LeadershipandtheNewScience
ASimplerWay(withMyronRogers)
TurningtoOneAnother
FindingOurWay
PERSEVERANCECOVERART-ASANTESALAAM:Pressedflowerpetals,layersof
packingtissuepaper,charcoal,pencil,ink,theinsideofaflattenedcardboardbox,and
adhesive have been melded into this peaceful mixed media drawing. Repurposed
materials collected in San Diego, Salaam’s post-Katrina home, carry energy from
previous use, while being reincarnated into a new creation. This untitled piece of
transparentlayerswasformedthroughameditativeprocessincorporatingvisioning,
sunlight,prayer,affirmations,freshfingercanyonbreezes,andburgeoningfaith.
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MARGARETJ.WHEATLEY
PAINTINGSBYASANTESALAAM
CALLIGRAPHYBYBARBARABASH
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Perseverance
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2010-1
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DEDICATION
ForFreeFloaters
Istandamongyouasonewho
offersasmallmessageofhope...
therearealwayspeoplewhodare
toseekonthemarginofsociety,
whoarenotdependent
onsocialacceptance,
notdependentonsocialroutine,
andpreferakindoffree-floating
existenceunderastateofrisk.
ThomasMerton
Catholicmonk,writer,activist
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Contents
FromtheEldersoftheHopiNation
QuestionsandAnswers
Perseverance
AKnife
PART1HereIsaRiver
We’veBeenHereBefore
WhatTimeIsIt?
It’sOurTurn
DwellinginUncertainty
FindingOurPlace
HistoryChoosesYou
TheRightThing
NamingMyself
NeverTooLate
OnlyDon’tKnow
PART2LetGooftheShore
Eagerness
Fearlessness
RighteousAnger
UrgencyUrgency
Lost
Non-Denial
Self-Deception
BackandForth
Middle
EverythingChanges
NoBigDeal
Destination
Steadfastness
Staying
Choosing
PART3TakeNothingPersonally
Emotions
PraiseandBlame
Failure
Blame
Fear
Aggression
Jealousy
Boredom
Laziness
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Discipline
Stupidity
Loneliness
Guilt
Grief
Death
PART4BanishtheWordStruggle
WhyStay
GivingUp
Don’tAskWhy
AsItIs
Choice
Stuck
Control
Invisibility
Frustration
Experiments
Clarity
LifeIsLife
JustLikeMe
ClearSeeing
Success
PART5ForWeAretheOnes
ThePath
Opening
EdgeWalking
Vigilance
Groundedness
Faith
AbandonSuccess
Patience
Joy
Fruition
TheFiveStrengths
Raven,TeachMetoRidetheWindsofChange
TimetoPlay
WeKnew
AbouttheAuthor
AbouttheArtists
AboutBerkana
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FromtheEldersoftheHopiNation
ORAIBI,ARIZONAJUNE8,2000
TOMYFELLOWSWIMMERS:
Hereisariverflowingnowveryfast.
Itissogreatandswiftthattherearethose
whowillbeafraid,whowilltry
toholdontotheshore.
Theyarebeingtornapartand
willsuffergreatly.
Knowthattheriverhasitsdestination.
Theelderssaywemustletgooftheshore.
Pushoffintothemiddleoftheriver,
andkeepourheadsabovewater.
AndIsayseewhoistherewithyou
andcelebrate.
Atthistimeinhistory,wearetotakenothingpersonally,
leastofallourselves,
forthemomentwedo,
ourspiritualgrowthandjourneycometoahalt.
Thetimeofthelonewolfisover.
Gatheryourselves.
Banishthewordstrugglefromyourattitude
andvocabulary
Allthatwedonowmustbedone
inasacredmannerandincelebration.
Forwearetheoneswehavebeenwaitingfor.
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QuestionsandAnswers
Howisitthatsomepeopledevotetheirlivestoacause,toaperson,toaplace?
And how is it that even in the midst of failures, betrayals, reversals, they can still
remainfocusedanddedicatedtotheircause?
Whatenablesapersontostay,tonotbedissuaded,tonotlosefocus?Howdopeople
notbecomeoverwhelmed,orsuccumbtoexhaustionanddespair?
Howdosuchpeoplesustainthemselvesoverlongperiodsoftime?
Howdotheypreservetheirhealthandwell-being?
Howdotheypreservetheirfaith?
Iwanttobeonewhoperseveres,sothesearerealquestionsforme.Ihavebeenoutin
the world with these questions for many years now and met many people who have
perseveredthroughcircumstancesIhopenevertoencounter.IamgratefulforallthatI
havelearnedfromthem—theyansweredmanyofmyquestions.
Of course there are many answers available. Here are just a few I discovered and
foundtoberelevantinmyownexperience.
Maythequestionsstayaliveinyourheart,andmaythesefewanswersserveyouwell
sothatyoutoomaybeonewhoperseveres.
MegWheatley
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Perseverance
Itisnotnecessarytohopeinordertoundertake,nortosucceedinordertopersevere.
CharlestheBold
DukeofBurgundy
The word “perseverance” in Latin means, “one who sees through to the end,” “one
whodoesn’tyield.”InEnglish,itdescribeshowwemaintainouractivityinspiteof
difficulties. Tenacity, steadfastness, persistence, doggedness—these are all common
synonyms.
In Chinese, the character for perseverance is often the same as the one used for
patience.
Humanexperienceisthestoryofperseverance.Throughoutspaceandtime,humans
havealwayspersevered.Wewouldn’tbeherewithoutthem.
Think of all the people you know—family, friends, strangers—who have just kept
going,whodidn’tyield,whoweretenacious,steadfast,patient.
How would you describe them? What were some of their traits? Their capacities?
Whatwasitliketobearoundthem,tolistentotheirstories?
Attheendoftheirlives,howwerethey?
Angry?Contented?Cynical?Peaceful?
Whatdotheirlivesofferyouaslessonsonhowtopersevere?
Whatdoweallneedtolearnfromthemnow?
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