Archive for June 8th, 2010

Determined, Stubborn or Crazy?

June 8, 2010

As I was out for a run yesterday the thought came to me, “Am I able to complete these runs because I am determined, stubborn or crazy?”

Determination is a good quality.  The ability to remain committed to a task and see it to completion is an important character trait.  I would like to think that I am determined, that I do not give up easily, that I will stay the course. 

stubbornness is the unwillingness to change your mind, or your actions even when it becomes obvious that you are wrong.  You do not listen to other opinions or try other actions because surely you are already right.  You don’t want to admit being wrong, nor are you willing to accept defeat.  The line between determined and stubborn can be a little blurry at times.  The difference is that determination is correctly placed, while stubbornness is determination misplaced, or placed on an incorrect action.

So what is crazy?  We slip past stubbornness, and into craziness when we fail to recognize that our actions are causing significant damage.  We think that we are right, we think that we are being constructive, while actually we are destroying the very thing that we are trying to build.  That is crazy.

I would like to think that in my life  I am determined.

I will admit that I can be stubborn.

I might even occasionally be, just a little bit, crazy.