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Sunday, September 6, 2009

Be a Quitter

A recurring theme of these notes is to "stop the noise," simplify, slow down, decompress.

Sometimes, for very good reasons, we make commitments to causes. We join clubs, get into campaigns, try to "give back."

And at some point, we discover that it's driving us nuts.

Maybe the people involved aren't ones we'd choose to hang with, or other priorities have arisen in our lives.

But, since the commitment has been made, we feel we have to "soldier through" and keep on keepin' on.

Nonsense.

An old adage says "God loves a cheerful giver." And if giving has become a burden, we may need to re-think.

Now, I have nothing against sacrifice for a good reason. And heaven knows we may go through dry spells even in activities we usually love.

But I mean: If something good has become something bad, that may be the universe (or your gut) telling you something. It may be time to move on, find something you can be passionate about again, get the flame back.

Don't quit lightly, or out of pique or pride. Quit if it's the right thing to do.

And don't quit in the middle of something. If preparations are under way for the Annual Event, see it through, then resign at a time that's good for everyone.

Shed the things that hold you back, embrace the ones that propel you forward.

Be a quitter if it's the right thing to do.

You'll be happier.

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