Some have dogged tenacity in the face of stifling odds and lack of encouragement by the means of blind faith. Some persevere against forces that are larger and more powerful than they by unquestioned loyalty to a cause or a person. Some endure the enervation of daily drudgery with the belief that everyone else endures, too, so they must have to as well. It is true that these things get people through most days and some challenges, but success is more often achieved by attentively looking at whatever it is that confronts you, assessing what it will take to continue in your present course, and looking inside yourself to decide whether or not you are able and willing to move forward in the same direction. We too often forget that what we are doing is largely our own choice and the consequences, good or bad,are of our own making. As small as we may be, or feel, we still have the ability to think and we still have the ability to choose. We may choose to be manipulated or to allow the greater good to guide our choices, but ultimately we choose our battles, large or small. And isn’t that the way it should be?