“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”
― Winston S. Churchill
“Ron, you have to see this,” I shouted from the living room. A chicken bus spinning its wheels, grinding its gears, and unable to go forward or backward appeared to be hopelessly stuck in the deep sand on our beach.
Yet, throughout the three-hour ordeal, I learned a lesson in perseverance that the Nicaraguans show over and over again. They never give up. What we perceive as hopelessness, they tackle with determination, persistence, and always with smiles and laughter. Incredible!
Nosotros Pequeños Hermanos outing looked like it was headed for disaster. The Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos NGO had an orphanage on Ometepe Island until 2010, when our sleepy Concepcion volcano decided to wake-up. Fearfully, the organization transferred the children to the mainland in Jinotepe, but continued to run a small farm and a project called Samaritan Project on the island.
Every year, they bring the children back to Ometepe Island to visit and volunteer on the farm. When we saw 50 orphans stranded on our beach, we grabbed the shovels and joined in the fun of helping them dig out their chicken bus.
“The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.”
― Thomas A. Edison
Yes, they appeared to lack a little common sense by trying to turn the bus around on our beach, but what they lacked in the common sense area, they made up for in their stick-to-itiveness.
The older kids cleared our sandy road of rocks to place under the tires and when they ran out of rocks on the road, they collected more from the beach. The little kids played in the shallow water, laughing and enjoying their temporary reprieve from the hot sun.
When push comes to shove they diligently angled their bodies against the embedded bus rocking it back and forth over and over.
Little by little the wheels of the bus went round and round again until they were confronted with the big mango tree on the road. Now how will they get the bus turned around without moving forward into the deep sand?
Like the little engine that could, they inched the bus forward, dug out the wheels and layered the sandy holes under the wheels with more rocks. I think I can… I think I can.
Meanwhile, the hot sun was sucking the energy out of the persistent workers. We didn’t have enough glasses to bring water to the thirsty crowd, so Ron strung our long garden hose to the beach and all the parched workers quenched their thirst and had a little fun spraying each other, too.
And boy, did these kids have a lot of character!!! Look at the exhausted boy leaning on the shovel.
Persistence paid-off big time today. I love a success story with no loss of enthusiasm.