On Perseverance…

The people of Finland have been voted and labelled as the happiest country on several occasions. The Finish people always respond with “it is because we have Sisu!”. The term sisu is the Finnish word meaning perseverance, fortitude and Grit and this term is in my opinion a truly Christian ideal. Many in today’s culture flee from pain, strife, difficulty, and heartache however, these things after being encountered and overcome make us into the truest versions of ourselves. On the Easter Vigil one of the prayers recited on that night reads as follows, “Oh happy Fault of Adam that merited us so great, so glorious a savior as Christ our Lord!” it is in failure that the margins of greatness increase, and we can choose to fill them or leave them empty. Prosperity comes when the dirt of life is kicked up into our faces and we face it with resilience. Life can be chaotic, but we have the option to choose our attitude towards life’s many curveballs as Viktor Frankl prophetically stated, “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way”

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