Don't give up. We don't need much of anything.
Don't give up. 'Cause somewhere there's a place where we belong.
- Peter Gabriel (Don't Give Up)
You ever been to the Grand Canyon? Besides being a majestic beauty, it offers a valuable lesson in perseverance.
For over 2 billion years, the Colorado River has slowly carved this monument of stone. It didn't blast its way through or explode through the rocks. It simply stayed true to its water self.
Finding its own way, traveling the path of least resistance, always headed downwards. Never forcing its way through. And never giving up
That doesn't mean it stubbornly stuck to a straight and narrow path. It adapted (and still does). The mighty river bends and curves and widens and narrows. It rests in pools until it gathers enough strength to move on. But it never gives up.
Life can be as hard as rock sometimes. To get through it, we must remain as soft as water. To persevere, we must adapt along the way. And never give up.
Nothing in the world is as soft and yielding as water.
Yet for dissolving the hard and inflexible, nothing can surpass it. (v. 78)