In the past few months, I have been listening to the ways women have been resisting and persisting, and this idea resonates with me.
I had to look up their definitions to see if I totally understood their meaning.
Resist - Withstand, be proof against, be resistant too, keep out.
Persist - continue firmly or obstinately in an opinion or a course of action in spite of difficulty, opposition, or failure.
I believe, the reason I was drawn to this concept, is that this is how I have been towards abuse in the past 12 years.
I often question my path compared to that of my siblings, and look deeply within to see my truth and walk with integrity and authenticity.
Often, it doesn't feel like I have a choice.
That the path has requirements and I follow.
When you look at my resistance and persistence, it is as if I am being led.
And, I am.
But, more by the road against abuse, than my own personal wishes or desires.
Often I am judged personally for a choice that the path demands.
If you truly are against abuse, your own personal life will often take turns you would otherwise not take.
My turning away from folks, often was painful for me, and yet it is what was needed to be faithful to victims and to stand against abuse.
I looked up the opposites of Resist and Persist.
The opposite of Resist is "comply, conform, go along".
I love this knowing.
For, it is what I have always felt. That there was really only one choice, IF you are standing against something...otherwise, you are going along with it!
And do you know the opposite of Persist?
It is to "cease, give up, leave, quit, stop".
I was never willing to do this.
No matter what.
Or, who thought I should.
The path was chosen, when a child broke her silence.
And, when my denial ended.
I didn't resist the truth.
I followed where it led.
Truth persists, always!