Persevere and Endure

Perseverance, secret of all triumphs.
Victor Hugo 

In the midst of the struggle that our country is experiencing, I am striving to remain hopeful. I am reading and looking for inspiration and motivation. Many of you have expressed similar feelings. I would like to share my thoughts for today.
In my reading, two words stood out…perseverance and endurance. Perseverance, as in the action of doing something despite hardships or delay in achieving goals and success.  And endurance, as in the power of sticking with something, no matter how difficult.
I grew up in the 50’s and 60’s and experienced the turmoil of the times. Laws may have been changed, but many hearts were not. It seems that we must continue to endure and persevere to triumph in our goal of fairness and equality.
With this in mind, I started thinking of something I could make that would be a reminder to stay strong. I went to my basket that held three Sea Heart beans. Last year, my friends and I went bird watching in South Padre Island. While there, I purchased these Sea Heart beans. These beans, or drift seeds, are from trees and vines that grow along the tropical shores and rain forest. They are carried by the Caribbean currents to the Gulf of Mexico. The beans are a symbol of perseverance and endurance, since they survive the long journey. They are also considered to be a symbol of good luck.
I follow Amy C. Wheeler on Instagram. (wheelacw32). She describes herself as a “writer, photographer, and intuitive art maker.” Her photos and art are amazing. I look forward to her instagram posts. I was particularly interested in the rock socks that she crochets. It has been a long time since I have crocheted with yarn. I found a few tutorials on crocheting rocks…who knew there was such a thing? Patrica Fentie has a tutorial on how to use cotton crochet thread to make a rock sock. I have never used this type of thread, but her directions and visual instructions were easy to follow. I decided to try and make a rock sock for the Sea Heart beans. I told my granddaughter that I thought a rock sock was a bit weird but I was going to try to make one. She told me that she agreed that it might be weird, but in “a good way”. She added that she would like one. 🙂 So, I definitely had to make one. I also made one for my grandson. These will be reminders for them to stay strong.
Since I was able to crochet the medium-sized beans, I wanted to try crocheting something smaller. Whenever I take care of my grandson, we usually end up taking walks. On a few occasions, he has picked up rocks and gifted them to me. I made a rock sock for one of the smaller rocks that he gave me. I can now carry it in a pocket quilt that I made. It will be my motivation to persevere.
Thank you for reading my thoughts for the day.
Stay safe.
Stay hopeful.