thoughts on quitting

I was chatting with my friend the other day about her business.

Her product isn’t selling. She just isn’t making money fast enough.

It seemed like it was time to throw in the towel.

They are already deep in debt.

The logical thing seems to be to give up the business and go get a regular job.

Pay off their debt slowly but surely, and go back to life as she knew it before she got started with this whole entrepreneur stuff.

The thing is, she started this business because she had a vision.

A passion.

She really wanted to bring something great into the world.

And then the going got tough.

And she wanted to quit.


Some things in life do need to be scrapped.

It could be it’s not the right time, or the right thing, or the right amount.

I don’t believe you need to push yourself until you fall apart just to accomplish something you started.

Sometimes you do need to stop doing one thing and allow for other things in life to happen.

Unfortunately, many of us are used to giving up on things when they get tough.

That sadly translates into many of us giving up on things that could really change our lives.

If we just pushed ourselves that little bit more.

If we just talked to one more person who might be able to help us pivot.

If we davened that extra bit for that thing we want so badly.

I see this all too often with women who are working on their relationships with food.

This stuff is not simple, ladies.

It gets tough sometimes.

Tears flow.

Emotions run wild.

It’s hard to know sometimes if you’re making progress.

It’s hard to know sometimes if being so different from others makes you “crazy” or “oh so normal”.

It’s hard to know sometimes if the constant trying, trying, trying is actually helping.

From my heart to yours, let me tell you — I know you are making progress.

You are “oh so normal”.

The constant trying IS helping.

We’re here for the journey.

The journey that is wrought with tears, laughs, ups, downs…emotions all over the place.

You’ve got this.

Keep on going. Keep trying. Keep plugging ahead.

And you’ll get there.

We won’t know until we get there where the “there” is.

But we can know now that it’ll be oh so worth it.

Tears, laughs, ups, and downs, and all.

Now go get ’em.


P.S. I’m writing this after coming back from visiting with my aunt in the hospital. Her son, my dear cousin, was in a car accident a couple of weeks ago and is in the ICU. The doctors are cautiously optimistic about his recovery. Seeing the preciousness of life made me think about how we just can’t quit davening for him until he’s fully recovered. If you can, please take a few minutes to daven for the refuah sheleimah of Eliezer Yehuda ben Chana Shaindel.

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