Are you a runaway? Is there something in you, in your life, in your past that you are ashamed of or that seems insurmountable that makes you want to head for the hills because it’s too hard? Don’t give up. That’s the nuts and bolts of my post today. Don’t give up. I’ve seen too many people walk away because life got too hard or it didn’t become what they thought it would be. Why do we want to throw in the towel so easily? I think the secret can be found in one of my favorite prayers. The Serenity Prayer.
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change
courage to change the things I can
and wisdom to know the difference
As with so many of the struggles we have, it all boils down to control. We refuse to accept the things we cannot change because we become determined that we have some superpower no one else has. But we also choose not to work on the things we can change, like ourselves, because we’re afraid of what we’ll find. I think about the single person that longs to be in a relationship and finally end the suffocating loneliness they feel. Believe me. I know what this is like! I wasted so much time and money on dating and online dating sites over the years trying to find “love” only to find my wheels spinning because I couldn’t change my situation no matter how hard I tried. I found out that you really can’t find love. This doesn’t mean you stop giving love out. Morrie Schwartz, author and sociology professor, said that “the most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.” I discovered a lot of truth in this statement. But the fact is, when I decided to stop trying and change the things I could change (myself), love was right around the corner…and I couldn’t be happier! But I had to come to that place where I received the wisdom to know the difference between accepting the things I couldn’t change and the things I could change.
So regardless of your situation, don’t give up. Whether you’re looking for love, in a struggling marriage, trying to find your way professionally, or anything else…don’t give up! Because that potential to improve really is there, it really can happen.