Don’t Quit: Persevere and Overcome

dont quit persevere and overcome

Don’t quit were the words that started the line that changed it all.

It was 2008.

Freshly separated and soon to be divorced. 

My finances were a mess which meant I was broke and drowning in debt. 

My paycheck was gone before it cleared. 

At the time I was in the worst shape I had ever been in my life.  It was truly depressing.

My life spiraled out of control before my very eyes and I just couldn’t seem to figure how it happened and what I to do about it.  Everything seemed hopeless and I was feeling lost and alone. 

Facing the truth 

Now, I wasn’t sure how I got to that point.

Maybe I did and I just didn’t want to face the truth, but I was there.

Eventually I came to terms with the fact that I was in that position by my own doing. 

Poor choices were made throughout the years and I was paying the price for them. 

Poor choices were made throughout the years and I was paying the price for them. 

One of the things that I couldn’t understand is that only a few short years earlier, I was riding high with huge aspirations, goals and what I thought was a bright future ahead of me. 

Again, I now know it was poor choices on my part.

Struggling to get by, I scraped up what I could for rent, terrible food and gas that was at an all time high. 

All to travel clear across the city to see my kids for the weekends. 

Nearly all of my possessions were pawned and I sold what I couldn’t pawn on Craigslist for a fraction of what the items were worth. 

Plasma donations would become a common occurrence during this time.

Day by day, my tiny apartment became desolate.   Still, I considered myself lucky to even have an apartment with mattress to sleep on.  It was better than having to couch surf. 

I was at my wit’s end and feared that I wouldn’t make it through this dark time of my life.

Salvation

As I walked through a thrift store one day looking for kitchen ware because I had none, I came across the words that I am forever indebted to. 

The words that saved me and brought me back to life.

They were written on cheap particle board.  It had a background of a sailboat moving into the horizon, followed by a terrorizing wave primed for destruction and a seagull escaping the scene.

It inspired me in a way that is difficult explain. 

The fire that had extinguished was ignited once again.

Dont quit poem

Don’t Quit

When things go wrong as they sometimes will,

When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,

When the funds are low, and the debts are high,

And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,

When care is pressing you down a bit,

Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is strange with its twists and turns,

As every one of us sometimes learns,

And many a failure turns about,

When he might have won had he stuck it out;

Don’t give up though the pace seems slow,

You may succeed with another blow.

Success is failure turned inside out,

The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,

And you can never tell how close you are,

It may be near when it seems so far;

So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit,

It’s when things seem worse

That you must not quit.

What didn’t mean much to its last owner, meant the world to me.  

It was my lifeline to a better life and I am forever thankful that it was there for me that day. 

That was exactly what I needed at the exact moment I needed it.

It felt as if someone knew that I needed something just like this and placed it there just for me.

A new outlook

To be clear, my life didn’t exactly do a complete 180 on the spot. 

It took quite some time before everything was better. 

However, my mindset had changed in that moment and little by little I made much needed changes to my life.  

Positive change with one small change at a time.

It was all for the better and as a result, my life changed for the better.  What were some of the changes I made?

Reading

Reading books

Spent less time watching television

Watch less tv

Started going back to the gym 

going back to the gym

Making music became a hobby

making music

All of it enabled me to have more focus at work and increase my productivity. 

Financially, I started heading in the right direction.  Slowly but surely my finances began to improve. 

Little by little I was paying down my debt and I was gaining a little more freedom.

Those words I came across that day in the thrift store motivated me in a fierce way. 

Just as they said to, I didn’t quit. 

The decision was made and I didn’t live the way I had been anymore.  I couldn’t blame it on anyone else either.  It was up to me and me alone to improve my situation.  And so I did.

“It was up to me and me alone to improve my situation.”

It’s been over 10 years since that day those words sparked the positive change in my life. 

There have come plenty of down times and I’m almost certain that there will be many more. 

However, now I am equipped with the tools needed to overcome them.

As of now, my life is in a good place.  A place that I could have never imagined back in 2008. 

Truly, I believe that those words made all the difference. 

To this day, I still have that piece of particle board with its timeless wisdom hanging on my wall.  It will always remain on my wall reminding me, don’t quit.

Bottom Line

Whatever difficulties, obstacles, and trials you are facing today, no matter how intense and how gigantic they may seem, DON’T QUIT!

PERSEVERE and OVERCOME!

Build the life you want.

—Cruz

 

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