I quit. Such a simple, easy sentence. These past few days I’ve asked myself questions like “Do I like making my life hard? Will some of my musings drive people away? What if I put out writings that are less than what I expect of myself? Am I becoming a broken record? Is this helping me or anyone else?” With that last internal question stopping the mental track.
I’ve quit many times when I felt my activities weren’t of value. But, it’s a different story with these daily musings. They’re helping both me and many others. Since beginning about a month ago, I’ve received over 800 emails of thanks. I don’t say this to brag, for in all honesty the best of what you hear from me never feels like it truly comes from “me.”
This email isn’t going to convince you to keep going no matter what. Instead, I’ll suggest you ask yourself one question. Is what you are doing serving both yourself and others? If you can answer yes to this question and it feels right, I’ll implore you to keep going. Don’t quit at the first sign of perceived hardship. Remember Gandhi’s words “Every worthy act is difficult. Ascent is always difficult. Descent is easy and often slippery.”
The fourth of life’s great illusions states that life is hard. The truth is, we just make it that way. There are no problems, only challenges. And I truly do love this daily challenge. I love where it’s taking me on my journey and I love how much it seems to help people navigate theirs.
Henry Ford said “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” If you’re still contemplating quitting, the second question you may ask yourself today is – Do you think you can? And if you’re being of service and still think you can’t, try to remember Eleanor Roosevelt’s words “You must do the things you think you cannot do.”