Five Minute Friday - persist

Every Friday we unite for five minutes. Only five minutes, that's all we get, that's all we have. And then, right where we are, no edits or second-thoughts, we publish those words. This week, we write on persist.


Keep going.
Gut it out.
Hang on, hang in.
Hold on.
Follow through.
Dig in.
Don't quit.
Don't back down.

I know how to do all of these things.
I am really good at keeping it (whatever it is) up.
I know how to be persistent.

And yes, to a fault.
Part of my problem is I do not know when or how to stop.
And until recently, didn't realize stopping was an option.

There is a lot of good that comes with my persistence.
There is a lot that it has afforded me.

A strong work ethic.
A strong desire to do well.
A connection to my career and my work.
A determination to getting to my best self.

But, the faults need to be pointed out too.
How I will give anything, including my health, for my goals.
How I will give up anything, including who I am, for my goals.

There are other options and slowly, carefully, I am finding my way.
I am finding how to rest to keep going.
I am finding how to give up on what is actually not part of my current plan, so let go of it immediately.
I am finding options, because life is never a this or that.
I am slowly and carefully finding my way.

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