Anger, tears, and sadness are only for those who have given up. – Katie Gill
The last time I was feeling, as my mom used to say, down in the dumps, I threw myself across my bed and started reading through one of my quote collections. I have millions of trusty quotes pretty much within reach at all times. Notebooks, computer, ipod, books, memory…
One of the first quotes I came to was the one above. It was an immediate, and most welcome, kick in the backside.
I honestly cannot even remember what led me to drape across my bed that day (couldn’t have been too bad) but I do remember how I felt after reading the quote. The old fighting spirit kicked in and the same body that flung itself down sprang back up again, ready for action. It was just the motivation and inspiration I needed at that time. In fact, I’ve saved it on my memory’s hard drive for the next time I need a little jolt.
One of the things I pride myself on the most is the fact that I am not a quitter. I’ve been blessed with a life that has, quite often actually, felt closer to a roller coaster than a Merry-go-round. If anyone questions my choice of the word blessed, I’d simply ask them which ride they’d rather ride at the state fair! Life’s ups, downs, and unexpected dives are the places we learn to fight. These are the times we learn if we are quitters or if the very word quit repulses us.
I’m horrified by the concept of “giving up,” so this quote holds a lot of magic for me – that and a swift little kick.
Are you feeling a little down in the dumps or disappointed about something? If so, read the words again and see if they have the same effect on your backside. Anger, tears, and sadness are only for those who have given up.