Believe it or not, I just picked these banana peppers from the garden this morning. I also picked five more tomatoes.
Just when I thought it was time to clear the garden out, I discovered there are still more vegetables growing.
Life kind of works that way sometimes. Just when we're about to give up on something, then suddenly we see progress and growth from our hard work. We just can't quit. It's okay to take a break if we need it, but quitting is not an option.
I recently reread this poem, and it hits the mark for so many of us:
Don't Quit - by John Greenleaf Whittier
When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all up hill,
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 quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As everyone 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.
For all the sad words of tongue or pen,
The saddest are these: "It might have been!"
In fact, I'm going to put it up on my bulletin board so that I can read it each day.
Right now I'm in a season of my life where I'm not working out on a consistent basis. I'm stretching or doing yoga everyday, and I'm going for walks 3-4 times a week. I'm just not going all out best mode at the gym working out and doing tons of cardio.
I was feeling guilty, because I wasn't making time for the gym. Then I realized that sometimes we just go through seasons of life where other things take priority and that's okay. I love my gym workouts and how they make me feel, but right now I have other priorities and I've scaled back. The gym will still be there when I return, and I know that I will feel better in the big picture when I'm able to make the commitment when I'm ready again.
In the meantime, I'm still eating well and doing light workouts. That's what works for me right now. and that's perfectly fine.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.