February’s Soul Matters theme is “What does it mean to be a people of perseverance?” Perseverance doesn’t have to be a solo activity; in fact, it can be more successful with occasional support, which can sometimes come from unanticipated sources. What enables you to carry on? Try to think of the unexpected thing that propped or props you up. For instance, maybe it was the relative you least expected who stepped forward in your time of need. Or maybe it was the person who gave you gifts of beauty when everyone else was telling you how they got through so you can too. What surprising person, song, book, quote, insight, spiritual practice, or experience has propped up your perseverance?