Not quitting

ed mylett

Photo credit : edmylett.com

 

It’s been a strange few days. Our lock down, due to the virus, has been somewhat extreme – but I do realise how serious this is, so I haven’t complained, and I have complied in every way. While I am not completely self isolated, because I have four kids – two human ones and two fur babies – I have felt an effect of self isolation, nonetheless. And it’s been strange for me.

I am quite a social person, for the most part. I have learned to love myself and be at peace with my own company in the past few years. I am good on my own, but I am also good when dealing with people. I tease a lot about hiding from ‘peopling’ but in reality I truly do love the social aspects of others. Communication has always been a big thing for me – not necessarily in person, but somehow finding ways to connect to people.. even if just a brief messaging exchange. People are important to me – their feelings and lives have meaning.

People are important to me – their feelings and lives have meaning.ย This part has not changed. Not at all. But the last few days I have found myself withdrawing into myself. Naturally, there is still plenty of communication with my four kids and me – and not just about food ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜‰
But I have found myself struggling with keeping up communication with most everyone else. I am not unhappy – my mood is stable. I don’t feel miserable, and I am not sleeping more than usual. I am really quite fine – I am okay.
It just feels strange for me to be able to feel okay, without the desire to communicate with others. How odd.

Maybe this is a ‘time out to talk to me’? Answering myself is sometimes amusing ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜‰

I happened to visit Ed Mylett’s timeline this morning on Facebook. And found the picture above…. which had quite a lengthy caption, the gist of it being this :

”There’s probably an area of your life RIGHT NOW where you’re ready to throw in the towel. You’re ready to quit. ….
Decide you’re just not going to quit TODAY! Sometimes that’s all it takes is just deciding that at least for today, you are not going to quit. …
I’m challenging you today to just don’t quit for TODAY! I promise you all of your strength comes when you push past days and moments and thoughts of quitting. Remember, you’re probably on the brink of a breakthrough! โฃ….”

So here’s just a few ofย my thoughts on this …..

Decide you’re just not going to quit TODAY!
This statement is pretty much how I choose to live my life. There are days where I feel overwhelmed due to circumstances and on those days I make conscious decisions and talk myself through : ”Let’s just get through this hour. Do what you can now. Deal with the rest in a bit – leave it for the next hour.”
I make the choice to get through, moment by moment – and I’d say I am sort of successful… I’m here, aren’t I? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Remember, you’re probably on the brink of a breakthrough!
My not-blood sister and I talk a lot – mostly through messages. Sometimes we do voice notes and calls. The greatest thing we share is based on the statement above. Because we both refer to it when we’re looking to encourage the other. ๐Ÿ˜‰
It’s our go to, when it feels like it’s not just raining, but pouring – when everything seems to be going wrong all at once – when we feel down, or discouraged and momentarily forget to be kind to ourselves.
”Just remember, stuff happens, and sometimes it’s not in our control. Chin up. In all of this, there’s quiet strength building in the background. You’re going to grow. You’re being prepared for something bigger and better. Keep going. I love you.”

A Facebook comment…
Because naturally I shared the Ed Mylett post on my Facebook timeline ๐Ÿ˜‰

Someone commented, ‘Sometimes you just don’t have a choice, hey?’
And I thought about it. And I replied with this :
‘And that in itself is a blessing in disguise, because it forces us to go on… imagine how awful it would be if we all just gave up! How much we’d miss out on!ย ๐Ÿ˜‰ ‘

KEEP GOING, DEAR READERS! MAY YOU HAVE A TRULY MARVELLOUS MONDAY! ๐Ÿ˜‰

5 thoughts on “Not quitting

  1. True. Imagine if we all did quit. Glad we all keep moving on and not giving in to the “I’m tired and receding mode”.
    Sometimes the one step taken to get going is all that matters. As long as we keep on moving and not giving up on life and all God has given us. ๐Ÿค—

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  2. Wow! SO GOOD!! I really needed this reminder today. Thanks sis!

    I have this odd intuition that even if we aren’t responding to the fear of the virus directly – the spirit of fear is still affecting our atmosphere in other ways. I feel like it is creating a negative force that is requiring us to push back with a belief that we can get through all of this uncertainty one moment at a time.

    I love the conversation you and your not-blood sister have with each other. It’s critical we have those friends in our lives that encourage us to simply.keep.going. Some days that’s all we can do! Some days it’s hard to believe the best. Yet we’ve faced darkness before and the light does shine again. It may not come when we’d like for it to – but it does eventually come!

    This post is such an incredible reminder. I love it! Thank you for sharing it. I’ll use it as my reminder for today: Don’t quit. Just keep plugging on! Breakthrough will come. In the meantime, be kind to yourself, be patient and appreciate even your small wins!

    Love you! How are you doing now?

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    1. I couldn’t agree with you more, beautiful Holly. All the negativity definitely does affect us, and sometimes we don’t realise it. It’s like a sub conscious thing weighing on us in a hidden way. And of course, seeing others suffer and in pain doesn’t help :/
      I’m doing okay though, thanks. Devastating news that they have extended our lockdown till the end of April. Here, they have been really strict. No takeaways. Only food deliveries by the major supermarket chains. A fine if there is more than one person in your car without good reason. A fine if you aren’t out for a good reason. Small businesses are now closed for a month – that’s a month of NO income. People are desperate – crime is on the rise.
      If your kettle breaks, or your TV, or even your washing machine – tough luck. Our government says that’s not essential, and the shops have been banned from selling them. You can’t even buy a washer to fix a tap, or paint to paint your house for something to do. And they have banned the sale of alcohol and cigarettes.
      It was all okay when everyone saw the 17th April as a hopeful end in sight. Now, with the extension and people being unprepared? It’s chaos. And people are getting bored. The domestic abuse hotline calls have increased by five times in volume. It’s just all horrible. The virus itself is being well contained here – but the effects of it are just awful.

      In ALL of this though, all I can do is pray, and hold on. And be eternally grateful that the kids and I are okay for now. And help those who I can in practical ways…if I can, without physically being near them.
      My heart is hurting. But I ain’t quitting ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Because yes, I have come through so much worse. I have come through. I should have been dead – but I am very much alive. There is purpose, and a plan. So I am holding on and determined NOT to quit. On anything or anyone. Even if it means I have to take it one hour at a time ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Much love to you and yours โค โค

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