May I have the persistence of a vulture?

I’m sitting here at my desk and from my window, I’ve been watching a vulture that has landed on the road and is picking at a dead squirrel. He’s been there for almost an hour now and every 30 seconds a car drives by and he bounces off the road and then heads back to the squirrel carcass after the car passes.

That’s persistence. In this heat and humidity. With a force pushing you away every minute. Yet he’s still there.

If only we all would muster the drive this vulture has to eat in the work and relationships of our lives. How much better would we be at persisting?

So persistence is easy to think about, but it’s a bit harder to actually persist. It reminds me of that famous quote by Yogi Berra “In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.”

Yogi had a way with words.