Webster's Dictionary defines Grit as mental toughness and character.
Now, the reason I write this blog is not from the compliment that was given (but it sure is an awesome one) but because this last week my Long Ways Granny passed away. Long Ways Granny you ask? Everyone has their nicknames for their relatives. I grew up in the small town of Canyon, Texas... but my grandmother lived in an the even smaller town of Bovina. Bovina was a good hour and a half drive away from my house... so of course she is Long Ways Granny.
|Ah the early years. My sister and I about to hunt Easter Eggs.|
|Beautiful set up to share wonderful memories.|
So, this past weekend I drove the 6 hours to get home to be with my family. Usually at funerals you share memories, thoughts, laughs and you meet people that you never knew were so closely bound by one person and you hug the necks of family members. But as I listened to the stories that were shared about my grandmother... all I could think about was Grit.
I have 2 amazing parents (I am going to go ahead and say that mine are the best) that taught me from an early age that the way to get through in life is to work hard, have dreams and never give up. Anything can be accomplished as long as you put some elbow grease and your mind to it. They also taught me to always have an open heart and an open mind and to remember that everyone is on a different path.
|My AWESOME parents!|
After the funeral many of us traveled out to the "Farm" where my dad was raised. The stories that were shared during that time will forever be in my heart and my soul. I listened as people shared stories of my grandparents Grit. Their perseverance to make a life and a home for their family. I learned the story of how much sweat went into harvesting good crops. None of this was an easy task with a fast way out, but because of that the land continues to thrive.
"Grit is passion and perseverance for very long term goals. Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future day in and day out, not just for the week, not for just a month, but for years. and working really hard to make that future a reality. Grit is like living life like a marathon." Angela Lee Duckworth
I know that I am the person today because of the family members before me that have taught me to have passion. No matter what my situation I know that with hard work and putting my mind to it I can accomplish anything. I appreciated the reminder this weekend that by planting seeds and cultivating the land so much can grow.
As was said this weekend
"The fruits of your labor is going to pay off many years from now. When you think nobody cares and you think when you are doing at the time, is all of this really necessary, it is.Because people like us get to come back and see it, and be reminded of why we are and who we are and why we were created to be that way." Lance Teague
My heritage has always had Grit.