Sisyphus and Perseverance

by | Apr 14, 2024 | Mental Health Therapy

generated image of Sisyphus pushing a boulder up a hill

“No matter how much it hurts now, someday you will look back and realize your struggles changed your life for the better.” – Unknown

Not all may agree with this quote—I have made many mistakes, and I use all my knowledge to assist clients. I don’t like to see people struggle; I feel honored when you allow me on that journey with you.

When I hear this quote, I think of the image of Sisyphus.

According to the myth, Sisyphus was the king of Ephyra (now known as Corinth). He was known for his cunning and deceitfulness; he even managed to cheat death twice. Because of his actions, when he finally died, he was punished by the gods for his hubris and deceit.

His punishment was to roll a huge boulder up a steep hill. However, every time Sisyphus neared the top, the boulder would roll all the way back down, forcing him to start over. This eternal task was meant to symbolize futility and the endless pursuit of unattainable goals, with the boulder rolling down just as the goal seemed within reach.

Sisyphus and perseverance

Over time, the story of Sisyphus has been interpreted in various ways, often used as a metaphor for the human condition. It reflects on themes of perseverance, the absurdity of life, and the struggle against seemingly insurmountable tasks.

Struggles always exist. You can look at someone else’s life and believe you see a person living a life of no struggles. Just because you overcome a struggle does not necessarily mean instant happiness. You may not immediately reflect and feel wow. The struggle is part of the learning and appreciation of life. Sometimes life is unfair, and another struggle may pop right back up. We cannot predict the struggles we will have to overcome in life.

In my world, it is all about the effort. The pace is not a major factor.

Shortcuts also typically don’t exist – take time and plan accordingly. I see progress in measurements of millimeters, yards, or miles. All progress is effort, and you should be proud of the work you are doing.

Many professionals have a hard time working with individuals who are ND or ASD because they don’t see the millimeter of progress and how impressive that is. ND and ASD clients are not like other clients; many times, they are long-term clients. It is important professionals do not give up because they do not feel like they see enough progress.

I promise to use my knowledge to assist you in your personal growth in becoming the best human you can be. The time it takes to complete your goals is much lower on the list than seeing the movement toward the goals.