Some people consider tenacity a virtue, but those on the receiving end of such determination are not always pleased.

There is one aspect of tenacity few of us realize. It is also the seed or basis of all lifeforms in the sea or on land, including humans, plants and even insects. If you doubt this, then join us for a few examples.

Have you ever been fishing? If you have, then you experienced the thrill of hooking a fish and the fight to land it.

One summer, our family went deep sea fishing. After riding around for hours, even the captain of our chartered boat felt discouraged. And then, one of us hooked a hammerhead shark. Yes, sharks are predators, but if you snag one, it will fight for hours. With five of us in the boat, we each took turns trying to reel it in.

At one point, Hubby had to grab our daughter by the waist to keep the shark from pulling her out of the boat. The more experienced fisher folk lasted longer manning the line than others. This writer managed the shortest amount of time. But, her nostrils balked at the overpowering fishy smell.

The determined predator was patient. After battling the shark for nearly two hours, it cut the steel line with his multiple rows of teeth and escaped. Of course, the last person holding the rod got the fisheye glare from us. After all, he who holds the rod when the fish escapes get the blame.

In his defense, the culprit was more than green around the gills and managed to lose his lunch a couple of times during our trip. He resembled a six-foot-five-inch frog. Not an attractive look on anyone.

When it comes to insects, no one doubts their tenacity if we consider how difficult it is to kill cockroaches. Those critters are determined to disgust mankind not just at the moment, but for eons. It is interesting to note that benign insects such as butterflies and bees are relatively easy to kill. Do they not have the determination to live? Or perhaps the nasty bugs know how much people dislike them and that hatred makes them thrive.

To no one’s surprise, the next determined group after bugs is politicians. Could it be they have something in common with cockroaches? Without a doubt, they multiply worse than rabbits and bring nothing of consequence to the table. Aside from self-interest and determination, they stir the population into increasing levels of dislike and disdain for their existence.

Gardeners are familiar with stubbornness, especially when it comes to weeds. Both have the determination to be triumphant in their constant battles. The folks who plant flowers want to enjoy them without the overnight appearance of pesky weeds.

They may spend hours tugging, digging, and discarding weeds. And yet, the next day hundreds more pop up. The same is true when we mow our yards. Within a few hours or at the most overnight, the dandelions appear in the lawn bobbing their taunting yellow heads at the mower.

After a while, the gardener may reach the point of believing weeds are sentient and exist for the sole purpose of annoying the flower lover. If you wish to argue about this, go out and pull weeds in the flowerbeds. The problem is in our determination to rid the garden of weeds; we may accidentally pull out the flowers as well. To prevent such mishaps, keep in mind the flowers are easy to pull out, but the weeds fight back, digging in their roots with the tenacity of an uncooperative toddler.

Without a doubt, tenacious weeds tie with spam emails and robocalls. We get hundreds of spam emails every day, and that is probably a low estimate and not an exaggeration. The most prolific spam has one thing in common; they all attempt to sell levitating drugs such as Viagra or Cialis. If a male bought one-fourth of the products spammed, they would have grave difficulty walking normally.

On the plus side, tenacity is useful in the pursuit of knowledge, but not if we plan to start a cockroach farm.


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