How far are you willing too go to keep your word?
I believe that in the modern times, Harishchandra’s story from Hindu Mythology becomes more relevant from the viewpoint of perseverance. One might argue to it’s impractical to give away everything that one owns, especially one’s kingdom and family, to keep his word to an ascetic, but the power of this story lies in its symbolism. The modern message in the heart of this story from Markandeya Purana is “perseverance pays.”
Here’s the story for you to listen in.