From the Jack’s Winning Words blog (Seen in a Hallmark store) – “If you’re tired of starting over, stop giving up.” Jack went on to write – I like to browse in Hallmark stores. Some good Winning Words can be found there. Another saying that relates to this one is by J.K. Rowling: “Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”
I’ve written here before about perseverance – not giving up; but, I like the twist that this little saying that Jack found in a Hallmark store brings to the message. I think to many of us get all too used to starting all over again, which means that we gave up on something. Maybe it was a task or challenge that we had been given or put upon ourselves, perhaps something like losing weight or stopping a bad habit. Maybe it was more personal, like the seemingly never-ending search for Mr. (or Ms.) Right. In relationships it may become too easy to just give up on someone before you’ve really gotten to know them. Perhaps you are judging people too quickly or against a very shallow set of criteria.
I suppose that J.K. Rowling’s statement represents the extreme case – having reached rock bottom in life. I don’t think it’s necessary to go that far before making the decision to stop giving up on things so quickly or easily. One can become way too comfortable with failure. Failure is not our friend and readily accepting failure should not become a way of life. Seeing life’s temporary setbacks as just temporary is a start. Roadblocks do not stop the journey; they may require detours along the way, but one can go on and complete the trip. In many cases we have to make our own detours. We stop, learn from our mistakes (hopefully), and try a different path. We don’t have to start over because we never gave up.
The underlying thought to today’s quote goes back as far as recorded history, as evidenced by this saying from Epictetus, an ancient Greek philosopher – “It’s so simple really: If you say you’re going to do something, do it. If you start something, finish it.”
Really, it’s that simple. Never give up and you’ll never have to start over. The good news for today is that it’s a Friday, so maybe you can hit the pause button for the weekend – just don’t give up.