Some days I want to give up.
A project crashes and burns. An email rejecting me for acceptance into a particular media group (for bloggers) lands in my inbox on a day when I’m already feeling burned out. I fail to meet critical goals or deadlines. Critics tear my work to shreds.
Unless you’re a stone, failure, rejection, and extreme fatigue can cut right through you like a flaming arrow.
What stops me from kicking my dreams to the curb and saying “this is so not worth the struggle”?
Pride in myself and my work.
My desire to rebel against failure.
Refusal to be what my critics think or say that I am.
When you are exhausted and just want to quit… don’t give up. You’ll be stronger some day soon because of what you’re enduring now.
When you receive your letter (or email) of rejection… don’t give up. The right doors will open at the right time.
When you lose your job… don’t give up. Everything will be alright. Take it one breath at a time.
When you’re struggling to save your marriage… don’t give up. Let love, patience, and wisdom guide you.
When you’re depressed and wondering if life is worth living… don’t give up. Gather all of the strength you possibly can and reach out for help. Follow the light of love out of the darkness and into hope.
When you feel like a failure as a parent… don’t give up. You’re doing a better job than you may know.
When you feel like God isn’t hearing your prayers… don’t give up. For now we see through a mirror darkly; but soon we will see face to face.
When you’re alone and forgotten… don’t give up. Seek out other lonely people and be for them what no one has been for you. You’ll be surprised by how much love and acceptance you’ll gain in return.
When you are childless… don’t give up. Keep your heart open to the many possibilities. Love will capture your heart in unexpected ways if you reject bitterness.
When you are building your business and it seems no one around you cares… don’t give up. Work hard, be ethical, care for people, and provide the best product or service. You’ll get there. “Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.” –William Feather
Pull yourself out of your funk. Brush your shoulders off. Straighten your backbone and set your jaw. Stare your obstacle down and take it on like a champion.
You can do this.