“KNOW YOUR OWN HAPPINESS. YOU WANT NOTHING BUT PATIENCE; OR GIVE IT A MORE FASHIONABLE NAME––CALL IT HOPE.” ––Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen
In Mr. Darcy’s Promise, Mr. Darcy learns of his love for Elizabeth on a ride on his horse. He tells himself that hard work and fortitude has gotten him what he wants in life. I firmly believe that it takes both of these things to be a success. It takes real effort to make something a success. It may mean long hours or late nights. It might mean putting off more engaging activities to get a job done. In short, you have to work for the things you want in life.
But there is a second important step . . . fortitude. What exactly is fortitude? Some synonyms are: courage, bravery, moral fiber, strength of character, true grit, and steadfastness. So why must we maintain a strong work ethic as well as have fortitude if we so desire to find our happiness? Because fortitude is the inner strength that endures the test time.
I have had the opportunity to interview for a fantastic job but if I get the job, there will be a great deal of sacrifice in order to get trained. I literally will be on call 24 hours a day for 6 days a week for 6 months. Now we have just started the interview process but anyone can see that there will be two very important things required to do this kind of training: Hard work and Fortitude. From an outside perspective, it might not even be worth it. But that is for those who do not value hard work and fortitude.
One of my favorite parts of a romance novel is when the hero and heroine are moving towards an understanding. All that can be seen is roses. But, from experience, and the sign of a great book, the reader knows that conflict is coming. There will be some major misunderstanding that will separate the characters for a time until one or both of them put away their pride and work it out. I like to say that we can never be the hero by doing small things. We will never resolve conflict with shying away. Our happily ever after will never come if we are afraid to fight for our happiness.
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