The Classic Pamela Positive: “Enjoy When You Can, Endure When You Must”

“Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must.”  — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Two grand lessons today: Enjoy and Persevere.


There is so much to enjoy… it’s important that we focus on the good!   Watching your nephew play sports, while catching up with family.  Taking a calming walk in nature. Cheering on the 49ers with friends!

Sometimes, we are deterred by something that isn’t working.  Perhaps it’s a rough spot in business, or a relationship that seemed to get off the rails.

But we can’t get distracted.  Find and focus on the enjoyment before us.  It need not be a big event, and often is a small but special gratitude.


Then, there are times to patiently persevere.  The road might feel a bit rocky under our feet.  Yet we must stay the course, step by step. Like a diligent marathon runner we are committed to our course, unrelenting to the finish line.   With this experience, we can help others.


In both Enjoyment and Perseverance, we treasure life.  Life is made up of the loving times of enjoyment with family and friends. It is also perseverance in our challenges, which allow us to grow, and give.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) was a German poet, playwright, novelist, and natural philosopher, best known for his two-part poetic drama Faust, which he started around the age of twenty-three and didn’t finish till shortly before his death sixty years later. He is considered one of the greatest contributors of the German Romantic period. At the age of sixteen, in 1765, Goethe went to Leipzig University to study law as his father wished, though he also gained much recognition from the Rococo poems and lyric he wrote during this period. In 1766 he fell in love with Anne Catharina Schoenkopf (1746-1810) and wrote his joyfully exuberant collection of poems Annette.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe now rests in the Fürstengruft or “Royal Tomb” in the “Historic Cemetery” in Wiemar where his dear friend Schiller is also laid to rest. In honour of these two famous German men of letters, a statue of Goethe and Schiller now stands at the German National Theatre in Munich. UNESCO’S “Memory of the World” list includes the handwritten works of Goethe preserved by the Goethe-Schiller-Archive.

Bio Source: The Literature Network

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