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The Book of Virtues contains many virtues of good habits. Perseverance is one of many great virtues. To me, perseverance means to keep going, to not give up, to strive until the end. Perseverance is important to me because I can carry out objectives easier. Taking my time to do my work well, and calmly doing something, is very important to me. Prior to the poem Solitude by Ella Wilcox, Bennett says “sometimes we persevere with help and compassion of friends and loved ones. Sometimes we have to do it alone (p552).” This quote stands out to me because to persevere takes a lot of effort and most of the time you need support from family and friends. Perseverance takes time, you need to try and try. In the story of The Little Steam Engine it describes how much work is put into one task; “She pulled, and she pulled. She puffed, and she puffed. She backed out and started off again (p530).” All the effort that is put into one task or obstacle takes patience and to keep going through with all that effort is perseverance.

Another quote that stands out to me is in the poem You Mustn’t Quit. “It may be near when it seems afar; so stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit. It’s when things seem worst you mustn’t quit (p536).” It stands out because no matter how hard things are, or seem, you shouldn’t quit or give up to get there. This quote is illustrated many life situations. No matter how difficult things seem to be, you shouldn’t quit. An example of a time that I had to persevere occurred when I was a part of a triathlon. I participated for the Cycle Health Triathlon. There was a course given to all the participants and I chose the hardest course. This course included running, biking and swimming and I persevered through the toughest parts of the course. It took a lot of effort out of me and I was out of breath well before the finish line, yet I kept putting my greatest effort forward. I kept going and going to reach to my goal, which was the finish line. I felt rewarded afterward and knew I had reached to the end. Perseverance is a great virtue to hold in your life.

-Liam

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