I failed to execute my first pull-up.
In my growing frustration I recalled
A hateful fact: there’s no silver bullet
When building my muscles. I must resolve
To be an awkward student. Persevere-
Though inside my heart I’ll be confronting
My demons. But demons may disappear
If we have faith we can achieve the thing
In time. Building character is much like
Doing chin-ups. Daily growth at length
Readies me for the awful day life strikes
My core. I’ll need that moral strength.
Character is the capacity to act
On moral principles and vital facts.
-Allegra Jordan, 2019