Never give up

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Never give up

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Never, never, never, never give up.  ~ Winston Churchill

I ramble a lot about either changing the things we can, or quit complaining.  But what about the things we have no control over?  For instance, from the sidelines we can watch our friends and loved ones as they make choices we feel are not right for them.  But there’s nothing we can do about it.  However, when it comes to us, I think there’s (most) always a choice.  Maybe the timing isn’t right to act on change currently.  Or perhaps fear is holding us back.  Or it could be that we feel we’re being torn in completely opposite directions.  Whatever the reason keeping us from moving forward, the above quote says it all.  If we don’t hang on — whether it’s a breakthrough in our health or job situation or a struggling relationship — we’ll never know how the story may have turned out.

Are you ready to throw in the towel, or are you willing to see it through?

Blood, toil, tears and sweat

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The highest reward for a man’s toil is not what he gets
for it but what he becomes by it.
~ John Ruskin

Unless we think of others and do something for them,
we miss one of the greatest sources of happiness.
~ Ray Lyman Wilbur

Fifty percent of employees don’t like their co-workers and the same amount don’t like their bosses.  Additionally, roughly 35 percent don’t like their jobs.  I feel fortunate that I currently don’t fall into any of those categories.  And although my career path is not the most lucrative, I agree with Ruskin’s words.  Of course I want to be paid for my time, but what I’m gaining in experience and knowledge will Someday be my highest reward.  But I also know it means nothing if I don’t think of and do for others at the same time — especially those who have supported me as I’ve pursued my dreams.  Perhaps their job was the hardest of all.

Are you happy with your daily toil?