Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Life's Duties

What we need is not new light, but new sight;
not new paths, but new strength to walk in the old ones;

not new duties but new wisdom from on High to 

fulfill those that are plain before us.

I found the above quote in a daily desk calendar of quotes that I have sitting next to my coffee pot. If you know me well it's not surprising that I have a desk calendar of quotes next to my coffee pot, because I LOVE QUOTES. This quote, it doesn't have a person that I can give credit to for saying it, so that kind of sucks, but it's still a great quote none the less don't cha think?

Now of course if you are a Nacho Libre fan the first word in this quote that stood out to you is "duties."
"Lunch making duties"
"Dead guy duties"
But, if you have no idea what I'm talking about then,
hurry quick go watch Nacho Libre already,
and then
second let's move on to the real point of this post.

 That quote up there reminds me of one of my favorite words Tenacious or Tenacity. 
So if you want to skip the rest of this long post then take this tip and go on your merry way;
"There are things in this life that sometimes need a tenacious attitude. Like marriage, exercise, gardens, careers, and raising children. But if you work hard and long enough the end result will be a beautiful garden of life." Noël ~ 
That quote belongs to me. 
Don't go claiming it for yourself. 

But if you want to know more about why Tenacity is a favorite word, then here ya go;

 I first fell in love with the word tenacious when My Uncle Frank gave me some of the best marital advice that has ever been given. Before My Giant and I got married my Uncle Gene went around video taping different family and friends to ask what they wanted to say about marriage or just what they wanted to say to Moses and I before we tied the big knot. Btw- This is quite entertaining to revisit many years later, but that's besides the point.  So, My Uncle Frank on this tape said in a very East Coast Bostonian accent, 
"What you need to have for a good marriage is T-e-n-a-c-i-t-y. "
Say that word with an East Coast accent if you can, it won't disappoint you.
Really exaggerate on the a-c-i-t-y part ;) for the full affect. Now, I have to say this pearl of wisdom from good Ol' Uncle Frank has really stuck with me all these years, and it was the beginning of my love for the word Tenacious. 
Yes, I am in love with the word Tenacious.
I really do love all things Tenacious.
Tenacious children are a challenge.
Tenacious weeds are a mountain to be conquered.
And well, Tenacious D
how can you not love music+ Jack Black?
The guy is just one big ball of fun.
Another reason I love the word tenacious is for it's definition.
Webster's defines tenacious as ;
A- not easily pulled apart
B-tending to adhere or cling especially to another substance
C-persistent in maintaining, adhering to or seeking something valued or desired.
I really want to point out the words in there that are key to my point here that I am going to make I promise. Words like cling, adhere, and maintain are so important in this life.
My sister Jen once said, "Life is about maintenance" and I gotta tell ya in the exercise department no truer words have been spoken. Can I get a witness?
But in the marriage and relationship department this is true also. Every day we make choices about what we will give our heart and soul to. Whether it's our jobs, our kids, our pets, our hobbies we give our time and attention to what we love. 
We maintain what we love.
We cling to what we love.
We value what we love.

So whatever the reason you might need this word today or that above quote let me leave you with this;

stick with it
hang on
don't give up
be tenacious 
love the one your with
stand by your man
be patient
good things come to those who wait
Don't forget your duties ; )


Mrs Hurley said...

My husband always laughs when someone says 'duty/duties'. I also love the word tenacious! I think I first read it somewhere, but always link it to Jack Black!!

Much Love Noel!!

Bean said...

Thanks sister, cute blog! And being that our pellant family is very stubborn that helps:) love u lots!

christina said...

love it! and so true about relationships ... they need tending or weeds will take over

Bernadette Veenstra said...

I love the word tenacious too!

No(dot dot)el said...

@Bean yes being stubborn helps for sure.

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