When You Feel Like Giving Up

8109150494?profile=originalWhether we want to admit it, there are times when we feel like giving up...on...life, friendship, love, family or any one of a number of things and there is no shame in that. It just shows we are humans...being.

We've known those "woe is me" kind of people whose lives are always in chaos [mainly in their minds], then we know others who're always smiling and positive no matter what happens in their life. Clearly they both 'feel' like giving up at times but what makes one give up while the other seems to get past it? Why? Is it their personality?

It's easy to see that the way we perceive real life situations defines who we are. We can either throw our hands in the air and just give up every time the lest thing happens, feeling defeated before we even attempt to try and resolve our problems or we can say this is just another bump in the road like all the other bumps and I'll learn from it and move on.

There are hundreds of clichés out there encouraging us not to give up. Here are a few good ones:

8109150691?profile=original"Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail". Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen". Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"All things are possible until they are proved impossible and even the impossible may only be so, as of now". Pearl S. Buck

"All who have accomplished great things have had a great aim, have fixed their gaze on a goal which was high, one which sometimes seemed impossible". Orison Swett Marden

"Each of us has much more hidden inside us than we have had a chance to explore. Unless we create an environment that enables us to discover the limits of our potential, we will never know what we have inside of us". Muhammad Yunus

"Better a Has-been than a Never-was. But better a Never-was than a Never-tried-to-be". Anonymous

The musician Seal said the best advice he ever received was from his father which is "no condition is permanent." I like this because it's basically saying there's no reason to give up.

There are times I feel like giving up and when I do I make a vow to just take one whole day to rant, rave, cry and be upset, then get up the next day, dry my tears, paste a smile on my face [though it's hard] and be grateful for the experience because I've learned giving up is not an option. My mom gave me that advice when I was a teenager and it's never failed me, that is, when I'm smart enough to put it into practice. :)

When you feel like giving up here's an important thing to remember: "Every minute starts an hour and every minute is a new opportunity. Each time the clock ticks you have a chance to start over, to say, to do, think or feel something in such a way that you and the whole world are better for it." - Anonymous -

Blessings to all,


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  • So sorry you're having a bad day, Marique but I'm glad I could help. You just keep on going...we're all pulling for you.

  • Wow, I sure needed to read this today...Who says the universe does not supply just what you need when it is most needed...Thanks for this great share..If ever I had a day that I felt like just throwing my hands in the air and saying I quit, I quit caring, I quit worrying about things out of my control, I quit having feelings and emotions...I just quit...that is the kind of frustrating and awful day I have had today.  I feel like a mulching lawnmower just mowed me down and I did not have the will to pull myself back together.  I became totally discouraged with being strong when I feel like crumbling and turning into a sobbing mass of agony.  Yup...bad day...but then I read this and thought to myself... ah crap, I guess I better not quit because maybe tomorrow will be better...Hoping it will...maybe every minute IS a new opportunity, I sure hope so...I don't want any more days like today any time soon.  Thanks Avatar for a post that pulled me out of the chasm of despair....good job.

  • I'm glad my post resonated with you, Luke. I kind of think of this earth as a school of higher learning with strict rules and we're not born knowing those rules so we have to figure them out by trial and error. It's tough but once we figure them out we move to the head of the class. 

    Yes, I'm so glad we have ACC to come to and share with everyone and get help and encouragement when needed.

    I love you too, sweetie. Now about that lemon...ahem. LOL

  • Hello Victor...I'm so glad you enjoyed my post. :)

  • Thank you, Peekay and thank you so much for sharing that great song...love it!

  • Hello Avatar

    I really enjoyed your article. Short & sweet


  • That too...thanks for sharing, Tally. <3

  • Here's another "applicable" quote from Max Ehrmann...

    "Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story. Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love – for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment is it perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you from misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world."

    Max Ehrmann
  • I'm so glad you enjoyed my post, Pleiadian Starseed. :) You're very welcome.

  • Thank you my dear freind Avatar, I really love your post, thank you, thank you, thank you


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