This month we have brought you examples of small local shops and businesses who have shown perseverance, in the face of all the challenges of these times.

Perseverance is the ability to keep doing something in spite of obstacles, and the ability to show steadfastness when you do it, despite how hard it is or how long it takes to reach the goal. Perseverance, sometimes called “true grit,” is essential for success—for making dreams become reality. You can be smart, or extremely talented, or common-sense-savvy, but without the push and pull of perseverance, it doesn’t matter.

I learned young that it didn’t matter if you were the biggest, strongest, smartest, or any “-est,” It was keeping steadily on that created success—having inner true grit.  My Mom would always say, “If there is a will, there is a way.” Those words helped me keep my mindset looking forward and moving forward. We put one foot in front of the other and don’t look back.  We can’t drive forward looking in the rearview mirror.  We can’t get stuck on paths not taken and on “what if’s” and “if only’s.”

In our stories this month, you will see so many with perseverance, and the many forms it takes–resourcefulness, humor, adaptability, creativity. These traits inspire us all.

Women, you have this.  I believe you were born with a special steadfastness and ability to keep on. Look in your mirror this morning.  Feel the wind moving around the glory of who you are.  Believe in yourself. Remember YOU’VE GOT THIS, whatever your personal challenge.  I do believe in each and every one of you.  Persevere!


Mary Frances Barstow
Maine Women Magazine



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