Power of Tenacity

When I was a kid, I lived in the high desert of California. We lived down a dirt road, and we had no fence around the six acres we lived on, nor any of the surrounding neighbors. Animals could walk freely along our property. One day, I was standing in the kitchen and right outside our window were two coyotes fighting. The look in their eyes was ferocious. Angry. Aggressive. Ugly. Dangerous. Vibrant. As they were rolling around right outside the window, biting and clawing each other, they weren’t trying to persevere. Perseverance is just a nice, gentle and fancy word. “Keep on keeping on”, they say. But this soft language hides the harsh reality of what those words truly mean. In reality, this perseverance is ugly, angry, and aggressive. True perseverance, real tenacity, is obsessed with survival in order to make it through the hardest times. Those coyotes were living a much harsher reality then we are willing to recognize. In order to live, they needed something much nastier and uglier than our pretty word “perseverance”. After they finished their fight, I heard them howling wounded for several hours, out of sight. On a normal day, I was allowed to roam the desert without question. On this day, I was told not to go outside. Why? A wounded animal is much more dangerous than a healthy one. An animal that has just been on the edge of death is the most dangerous. Why? He has most tenacity after such … Continue reading