Monday, February 20, 2012

Don't Quit

This post is about not quitting - don't quit having hope, don't quit putting up the effort to get through the day, don't quit the effort to dwell on the positive.   Notice I said don't quit the effort.  

This whole chronic illness thing is just nuts.  I mean, they should really teach a class on how to do this.  The facts of this whole sick situation are bleak, no doubt about it ~ giving up your job, your school, your social life, giving up doing things you love, to lay around and feel like crap, it's not a pretty picture.  And while being chronically ill zaps your energy and some days are worse than others, don't forget that that also means that some days are better  than others.  

The biggest challenge is learning to live a happy life when a lot of the happy things in your life have 'gone on hiatus.'  Watch funny movies, eat something delicious, dwell on good memories, and give yourself many a pat on the back.  And give the supportive people around you a good pat on the back.  Nothing satisfies as much as thankfulness or telling someone just how thankful you are for them and what they do for you.  

My dad found this poem that I just love.  Thanks, dad!!

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 queer 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 never can 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 worst that you must not quit.

- Author unknown

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