In all you do that you value, in learning what you want to learn, you demonstrate perseverance. Very little can be accomplished unless you persevere. To learn what you must learn to replace illusion with Truth, requires great perseverance.
The one gift the Holy Spirit asks of you is willingness. He takes your little willingness and adds His, until it becomes a mighty force for change. Through your willingness is all accomplished, and the mind purified and made ready for Truth’s return.