On the fifth day of Christmas, an extra ordinary Jamaican gave to me:
The endurance of perseverance.
When you are a developing country, you often find yourself going through growing pains. At times like this when the global economic blight is stifling, the temptation to yield to circumstances presses hard. I thus would like to offer the gift of perseverance.
An obvious poster child of this characteristic is Winston Churchill.
He grew up feeling intellectually inferior to his university–educated collegues, and and lack of practice in public speaking. He became prime minister during World War 2, and what a difference this made. Here is an example that embodies perseverance.
On the 29th of October 1941, he addressed the graduating class at Harrow School.
“ Never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”
To all Jamaicans, I say “never give up!”
Editor of Jamaicaneats