In: RANDOM THOUGHTS
COFFEE CONVERSATIONS: Sometimes, it's okay to quit
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I had this very insightful conversation about quitting with a friend. We are both in this dilemma of quitting on something (don't worry, my blog is not the subject here), but we couldn't seem to do it and doing so seemed horrible as there was this push-pull feeling inside us compounded with the demands of society, our colleagues, family, friends, and careers. Staying seemed to be the laudable choice, then we begin to question: "Do we really want to stay?"
At the end of it all, my friend decided to quit. As for me, it is not the option yet, but maybe when the time is ripe for quitting, it would much be easier for me to just say goodbye.
Sometimes, it's okay to quit in order to find peace.
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There are dime a dozen literatures out there that tell you to be successful, to just get after something, and to just be on top of the world, but literatures about quitting and quitting gracefully are just few and rare, or maybe, there are none at all. I wish everyone knew that quitting is just as effin' hard as succeeding.
Why do people (I, for one) find it so hard to quit? Oh, because we promised ourselves and the world that we're gonna be great, be strong, be fabulous, be awesome, and be powerful. The world is so hooked on the worldly definition of success that oftentimes, we sacrifice inner success (which is equally important, don't we forget) like being at peace-sadly, we don't like 'inner success' because we're all wired to 'go for the gold' and quitting has always been tantamount to failure and sadness--yeah, we're all one track- minded just like that.
I guess when things are stressing you out more than challenging you and you can't see yourself traveling a certain path any longer, then it's time to quit. Sometimes, you just have to drop all the advice you've read in self- help and success books and shut your ears from the nagging society, and just seek advice from the within. I believe you know what's best for you and if your heart is telling you to quit, then maybe, you should. If all signs are leading to the exit door, then don't bother finding a reason to stay. Is it worth sacrificing your peace for something that is, after all, futile?
Quitting is bitter in the beginning, just like success. Depends on how one sees quitting, it could be a new gateway to better, brighter, shinier things. Quitting could be a key to a better you, to a better opportunity, or to a better state of mind-you just have to trust that it will.
Even if quitting would lead me farther from my goal at this point except to a more peaceful me, I'd be happy to have that because folks, peace is rare-it is easier to earn money than to find peace. If I will have to go a step backwards or much worse, be left with nothing when I quit, but I have that elusive peace with me, I guess I haven't lost after all.
Peace, guys (no pun intended).
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