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Ponderings: On Persistence

Updated on September 4, 2016
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With a Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) from University of Pennsylvania in 1985, Maria uses a love for music in working with others.

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My Inspiration

In 2014, Jo_Goldsmith11 took it upon herself to initiate the Light2Love Project Good Words.

Jo pledged to use good words and publish articles used to empower, encourage, support and defend those who need to be shown love.

Jo offered us a good word for each week to focus our thoughts, behaviors and actions on...In the 18th week, Jo wrote her perspective on the word persistent.

However, as 2014 came to an end, Jo filed away her Good Word articles - as she begins the process of publishing it in e-book'. Shyron E. Shenko continues to write a beautiful poem to accompany each Good Word to inspire and lead us.

The ripple effect of the Good Words Project throughout the HubVille community has been heartwarming.

Please join me with some of my musical thoughts and reflections on the word persistent...

The best way out is always through.

— Robert Frost

I am a firm believer that most everything is possible in life with effort and good intentions.

However, my style is to keep my eye on the goal while I focus persistently on specific and measurable objectives. Time and time again this strategy has worked for me.

I've blatantly lifted this approach from patient care plans in my clinical work and teaching over the years. Selfishly, if I am teaching my patients and students to think of large tasks in small, manageable chunks... would not the same strategy work for me?

Edwin Starr: Twenty Five Miles

In 1999, I challenged myself to walk every day on my lunch hour. With a stressful job in nursing administration, this was the perfect way to decompress, get outside of my head and appreciate nature on a daily basis.

There were 46-hours in June of this same year that derailed my walking plan through no fault of my own. I was held hostage and shot a total of six times during this time period by a former nurse, both impaired and delusional.

I am forever grateful for my walking plan, viewing it as instrumental in saving me - giving me the stamina and endurance to withstand 46-hours without medical care. About six weeks later, I was able to return to my beloved walking, albeit, slower and a much shorter distance to start, gradually and persistently building back to my former four miles a day.

If you love someone, set them free. If they come back they're yours; if they don't they never were.

— Richard Bach

Michael McDonald: Ain't No Mountain High Enough

As I have written on the Good Words project, it appears that love has been at the heart of it all - persistence being no exception...

I view this facet of love as one of trust, constancy and faithful dedication through all times - sounds like those Anglican vows again...??

Certainly one can take persistence to the opposite end of the spectrum. The movie 'Fatal Attraction' comes to mind - as we safeguard the pet bunny from harm's way... :(

All 'stalking' aside... for me, love and persistence go hand-in-hand!

I don't stop when I am tired, I stop when I am done.

— James Bond

Stevie Wonder: Higher Ground

As a nurse and a teacher, I am forever hearing about issues that I want to get involved in. I want to fix things for others, yet realize the importance of 'showing the way' instead. I focus on the importance of time management with my students, as balance is a way of life for me.

I remind nurses, especially in the community course that I teach, that we have a powerful and persistent voice that carries far beyond the bedsides in the hospital. Nurses are amazing public speakers, educators, writers, politicians, presidents of the PTA, and the list goes on and on...

Nurses can share their expertise and passion on subjects such as homelessness, social isolation, healing and compassionate care in ways that can transcend the globe. This persistently and consistently inspires me.

Bill Holland (billybuc)

Bill Holland
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A Role Model for Persistence

I have often said that nurses and writers have so much in common - including persistence and their big hearts. My friend Bill Holland is no exception!

At last count, Bill has 2,229 followers and was voted The Best All Around Hubber for the past two years. In fact, for two of the last three years, we also voted Bill The Most Supportive Hubber in our community.

The most endearing quality Bill has in my mind is his ability to share his heart, including his expertise and support with those he calls friends...and as you can see, there are many of us!

This is what Bill wrote me when I asked him to write his perspective on persistence a few weeks ago.

"Time is pressing, but then it always seems to be. I didn't want to commit until I was sure, but in the end it came down to this simple fact: Maria asked me to do something and I won't refuse her. I would be honored to do this when the time comes."

Thank you, dear Bill. We look forward to reading your views in Jo's Good Word series as I pass the baton of persistence to you!

© Maria Jordan (December, 2014)


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    • marcoujor profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Jordan 

      5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Peg,

      Good morning and Happy Monday - lovely to see you!

      Andy Jordan is teaching me a whole new definition of 'persistence'...or perhaps I need to pen a hub on the 'stubborn' word (LOL)!

      Thanks for this reminder to listen to these great tunes to get me motivated this AM. Love you dearly and take care, Maria

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      Peg Cole 

      5 years ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      Dear Maria,

      You are a shining example of persistence in achieving your goals. You live the word. Wow, walking four miles per day is a lot! I need to do this. Thankfully you were persistent and your endurance saved you.

      Listening now to Edwin Starr, Twenty-five Miles to Go. Love that song. Heading over to Michael McDonald. Saw him perform with the Doobies years back. He is cool.

      I enjoyed reading these words of inspiration. Love headed your way. P.

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      Maria Jordan 

      5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Shyron, Lovely to see you and your great song choice -- love Fleetwood Mac! Thanks for your kind words and hugs...

      Car51, "Piecemeal"...ah, memories...good to see you and take your time.

      Genna, Oh wow, I better "act right" if I am to be your inspiration (LOL)! Always wonderful to see you, especially during these busy days.

      Mary, Happy Birthday...I hope you are enjoying some "you time" that is special, dear friend!

      Wishing you all a peaceful evening. Love and hugs, Maria

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      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      Persistent can be continuing or it can be stubborn, I'm a little bit of both ;)

      You Dear Friend are persistently good hearted and loving, indefatigable in the love you show here day after day. What lucky nurses you have!

      As for Bill, we all know why he's number one. His devotion to his fellow man is just amazing all around.

      Voted this wonderful piece, up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Genna East 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Persistence can be challenging for many of us. But I also agree that “for me, love and persistence go hand-in-hand,” and that the rewards are boundless, Maria. Time management is my nemesis, dear friend. I look to people like you to give me inspiration.

      I loved the quote by one of my favorite poets:

      The best way out is always through.

      — Robert Frost

      I couldn’t agree more that Bill is a wonderful role model! Voted waaaay up and shared.

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      5 years ago

      Wow -- where have I been! I have to catch up on a lot of Hub reading. I promise to PERSISTENTLY tackle the challenge! Slow but steady -- "piecemeal"! Car

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Good Morning my beautiful dear friend, you are doing such a wonderful job with your Musical Challenge.

      The only musical song I can think of is Fleetwood Mac's "Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow"

      Love and (((((Hugs)))))


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      Maria Jordan 

      5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Good Morning, dear friends,

      Ruby, You are a morning smile to me and I am 'swaying right with you', dear friend...thanks for your sweet words to both Bill and me.

      Faith, Friends like you motivate me to keep being PERSISTENT with these Good Words as Jo and Shyron have set the bar before me...and yes, isn't life intertwined with 'the good, the bad and the ugly' -- ever so much better when we go through our days with supportive and loving people in our lives. For me, you are at the top of that list.

      Alicia, Your comment most appreciated, as well as your support of this series. Thank you so much and I'll be by to see what you've been up to soon!

      Pamela, I am so happy to see you back after your surgery. You've been missed by us here and your recent article is such a wonderful example of your positive outlook and persistence in life challenges.

      Wishing you all a peaceful day. Love and hugs, Maria

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Maria, This was an excellent hub, and I think persistence is a great topic for you after watching how active you are in so many ways. As a retired nurse, I have many of the same views as you.

      Blessings to you.

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      Linda Crampton 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      You have given us a wonderful example of persistence from your own life, Maria. The way in which you have dealt with the traumatic and tragic event in your life is inspiring. I love this hub and the quotes that it contains.

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      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Maria,

      I love, love, love that you are persistent in publishing these "Good Words" articles, and sharing your personal insight through your life's experiences as relates to each "Good Word" include the good, the bad and the ugly aspects of this life, which inspires so many, especially me each time I read your wonderful words.

      Boy, Bill is the perfect choice for the particular "Good Word" of Persistence! He is one persistent writer if there ever was one. He knows the meaning of never giving up and persevering onward no doubt about it. I am looking forward to Bill's article!

      Superb music choices for this "Good Word" of Persistence.

      Up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

      Love you,


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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Mar, I can't think of anybody who embodies persistence more than you, you've shown that many times with health, nursing and losing loved ones, be it family or your beloved Aunt Baby. Bill is right beside you with persistence. Anyone whose read his life story is well aware of that. He is a perfect choice to hand the baton to. Blessings and good will to you both.' Ain't no mountain high enough ' I'm swaying in my chair..Yea...

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      Maria Jordan 

      5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Good afternoon, my friends,

      Gail, Thanks for being the first "smile" to grace this page, as you are an inspiration to me every single day!

      Martie, What a wonderful pearl of wisdom that :"Persistence could very well be the embryo of success." Thanks for your words of support to both Bill and me.

      Good to see you, sweet Sha...I am forever using music to lift my spirits and happy I could do the same for you today...

      "Persistence is one of my guiding principles in life." :) YOU GOT THAT RIGHT, dear Bill and I greatly look forward to your post as you publish this week...always lovely to see you, especially today!

      Randi, Thanks to you 'and your little man' for grooving with me are both smile makers, big time!

      Mike, I daresay you know an awful lot about persistence (LOL) and I hear ya!! Thanks for your wisdom and the smiles too.

      Love and hugs to y'all and off to class, persistent teacher that I am (LOL)! Happy Monday too, Maria

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      5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hi mar, Here is what I know about persistence. Years ago I was thinning a large tree in the back yard. I was on the roof and in the tree and branch after branch began to form a large pile in the yard. A very large pile. Once the, in the tree trimming, was done the job of bundling the branches faced me as I dragged one load and the next to the curb for the green waste guys. On the third day, I only saw all the large limbs remaining. All the ‘big’ work was still in front of me. Nothing changes.

      Now, quoting Richard Bach and James Bond is so inspiring. I read all of Richard Bach’s early works and all of Fleming’s work.

      I see billybuc everywhere I go. He is an energetic commenter in support of everyone I know and a whole bunch I don’t know.

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      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Maria, once again, you are an inspiration! No matter how many times I read your story, I am still in awe of where you've been and what you've done! Loved the music and as often do, I shared it with my little man who has an astonishingly good appreciation of music. ( Admittedly, everything about that little one is amazing to me!)


      Bill is definitely a perfect choice for persistence and I look forward to reading it!


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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A beautiful message my dear friend, and I know you are the personification of persistence. I just finished my addition to this fine series and I'll publish it later this week. I want to thank you for letting me write about this. You know me well. Persistence is one of my guiding principles in life. :)



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      Shauna L Bowling 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      Maria, you are such an inspiration. You walk four miles a day? Wow! I'm lucky if I walk 40 feet several time a day. You certainly are persistent!

      Bill, is the perfect choice to pass the baton to on this subject. His persistence has made him a successful writer who is achieving his dream, although he pursued it in his Golden Years. He, too, is an inspiration.

      Loved listening to these oldie goldies. They helped lift my spirits. As I look out my office window, I see clearing has begun on the property behind mine. It's quite depressing.

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      Martie Coetser 

      5 years ago from South Africa

      Oh, how I love that quote of James Bond - "I don't stop when I am tired, I stop when I am done."

      Persistence could very well be the embryo of success. Yours shine in all your writings, Mar, and so does Bill's. My hat off to both of you :)

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      5 years ago from South Carolina

      Dear Maria,

      Once again you have touched my heart, and also inspired me with your wise counsel in getting things done by breaking the end goal into individual task steps/actions that will bring the goal to fruition.

      Our friend, Bill Holland, is an excellent example of persistence in striving for big goals and dreams. I have no idea how he manages to not only be a prolific, talented writer, but also support so many others along the way.

      Kudos to both of you for being such an inspiration to the rest of us.

      Love & Hugs,



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