Quitting is not an option in my life. I sat at the table last night eating supper with my sister. It had been one of those days where I did not feel like cooking and I did not feel like leaving the house. She had been having an equally challenging few weeks. I asked her to stop by with fast food. Something about fast food and conversation feels comforting.
She said, “Why do we push so hard for things in our life, are we the only ones with insecurities?” We discussed our upbringing. We came from a poor, blue-collar family; neither one of our parents graduated from high school. Many people in our community were content, but we were not.
Quitting is not an option
Over the years, my sister and I worked hard for an education. In our work, we always wanted to show love and encouragement to others. There have been times where we faced opposition, and all seemed to be falling apart. I replied to my sister, “We all have battles that we are facing, quitting is not an option and what does that even look like?” We continued our conversation by talking about all the good things that have happened to us, all that we have accomplished, the people who have surrounded us, and God who has guided us.
When life makes shifts, move with it, when a door closes, look for another door, but don’t quit. It is during that time we are getting ready for the next place in life that we need to be in. Just like when we are moving, we need to let some things go. It’s in those new places that we meet new people, experience new adventures, and gain wisdom in life. My final comments to my sister, “Have we made mistakes? Yes, but we keep moving; quitting is not an option.
“No regrets, lessons learned, strength gained, my faith has kept me” (excerpt of Uncluttered: discovering strength and purpose in the chaos of life).
Lisa Giesler, Author, Life Coach, Professional Organizer