Perseverance furthers, says the I Ching and also Calvin Coolidge. I couldn’t start my new chain saw today. Damn. I know it’s a new tool, but you’d think I could make the dang thing work. Hey, I even had a manual. But I hate to admit how loath I am to study such things. “Click on the cold start icon with the starter lever in safety and the feed bar locked. Hold on with your left arm until it goes numb. Stamp on the thingy that rests on the ground and pull the very reluctant cord that wants to snap your arm off until you hear that wonderful roar of a gasoline engine. Voila!” Yeah, right. Okay, I’ll get it tomorrow. I’ll be more patient. I’ll read the words, call the chain saw guy if I have to, but I WILL MAKE IT WORK. Perseverance. My favorite trait. On what tasks do you bring that slitty eyed, teeth-bared determination to heel?
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