It’s Halftime in America: What are your perseverance stories?

by Leslie on February 8, 2012


With so much negativity spewing from the politicians and the news media, it was nice to see a Super Bowl 2012 ad that was so uplifting.

One that reminded us what America is about.

It was the Chrysler, “Halftime in America” ad with Clint Eastwood.

“This country can’t be knocked out with one punch. We get right back up again, and when we do the world is going to hear the roar of our engines.

Yeah, it’s halftime America. And, our second half is about to begin.

The American Spirit is one that doesn’t give up. We get knocked down sometimes, but then we regroup, rethink the strategy, band together, and come out stronger than before. We are fighters, and if the goal is worth it, we’ll keep fighting til the very end.

In the clearing stands a boxer
And a fighter by his trade
And he carries the reminders
Of ev’ry glove that layed him down
Or cut him till he cried out
In his anger and his shame
“I am leaving, I am leaving”
But the fighter still remains

It’s all too easy to see one failure and think the game is over.
But in reality, you can be down at the half and make a come back to win the game.

The message was clear that even if you’ve lost in the past, or even if you’re not winning now, the game isn’t over, you still have a chance, unless of course you give up.

Ryan and I recently spent a good 5 hours just talking this weekend. Talking about where we’re going, how were getting there, and even if in the end the goal is what we want. We talked about our progress, our successes and failures, and what we needed to do in the second half to make our goals reality.

We wrote the beginning of our perseverance story.

It isn’t always easy, but it is always possible.

What’s your perseverance story? Are you ready to begin writing it now?

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Jenn February 9, 2012 at 11:37 am

Mine is the same as always. Left a job I hated to be underemployed at another. While I am slightly ashamed of my new job and the pay, I am proud to be at least working and getting by. There’s a little bit of dignity in that. We’re making it work and doing the best we can with what we have. America and every country, I suppose, has come from a long line of generations of those who struggled, took crappy jobs, did more with less and came out fine or better because of it. I hope my fiance and I come out better because of it, and I hope when we have kids they will know the importance of hard work and putting off what you really want in the present to build a better future for yourself.
The last year was a struggle, and it wont be any easier this year planning a wedding. But I hope maybe in a few years things may not be so difficult.

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