Grit, Part 4

Yesterday I saw the movie “La La Land.” An interesting title for a poignant view of life as it is, as it might be, as it might have been.

When Mia, the struggling actor, sang her Audition song, “The Fools Who Dream,” the year 2016 came into sharp focus for me.

And I received the final definition of my One Word for this year: GRIT.

My One Word for 2016. What an eye-opening, heart-opening, life-opening choice!

My One Word for 2016. What an eye-opening, heart-opening, life-opening choice!

Mia’s song tells the story of her aunt who was willing to dream. To take chances. To do the unexpected. To laugh at whatever life tried to use to trip her up. To leap into the unknown. 

I realized that grit is the key ingredient for living out our dreams. Just as Mia and Sebastian did in the movie. Just as I’m doing with More Than A Widow.

In 2016, I learned that I'm a Grit Girl! (Photo by Mary Ann Dare)

In 2016, I learned that I'm a Grit Girl! (Photo by Mary Ann Dare)

Reflecting on my journey into grit this year, here are a few more things I’ve learned.

When you are so low that you feel your forehead scraping the concrete, grit lifts your eyes to see the colors of the sky.

When you are so tired that the 13 steps to your bedroom look like Mt. Kilimanjaro, grit lifts your foot to take the next step.

When you are lost in the field of doubt, grit takes your hand and leads you down a new path.

When you can’t find your way in the maze of fear, regret, guilt, confusion, despair, grit moves your mind and heart to the truth of God’s Word.

As 2016 draws to a close, I know I have grit. This is the quality that will carry me into the unknown adventures of 2017. Thank you, Lord.

As Nehemiah says about the rebuilding of Jerusalem: “They [our enemies] were just trying to intimidate us, imagining that they could discourage us and stop the work. So I continued the work with even greater determination” (Nehemiah 6:9). That’s grit.

Click here to listen to “The Fools Who Dream.”

To review what else I’ve learned about grit this year, read:
Grit, Part 1
Grit, Part 2
Grit, Part 3

When we became friends in our sophomore year of high school, we had no idea that grit would be the quality that would bring us to where we are today. And the best frozen custard in the universe adds so much flavor to the adventures! (With Mary Ann Dare, St. Louis, 2016)

When we became friends in our sophomore year of high school, we had no idea that grit would be the quality that would bring us to where we are today. And the best frozen custard in the universe adds so much flavor to the adventures! (With Mary Ann Dare, St. Louis, 2016)


Laura Warfel is a widow, writer, and follower of Jesus Christ. Her greatest joy is to bring others along with her on her faith journey. In 2015, because of the encouragement of the Launch Out Conference and Jon Acuff, she launched More Than A Widow on Facebook and Twitter. Today she blogs, tweets, and posts to help widows (and those who know them) find encouragement, hope, and resources for the journey. Her goal is to help all widows live beyond the label and live as more than a widow.
Copyright © 2016 by Laura Warfel