Helen Keller once said, “We can do anything we want to if we stick to it long enough.”
But do we have the determination, the grit, to stick to it to the very end? In my life, I have given up a lot of dreams. The piano, grad school, writing projects, knitting certain projects, friendships, healthy eating, churches, and the list goes on. It’s so much easier to quit, to put that dream, goal or relationship in the past and move on. But there’s also a lot of regret involved, isn’t there?
I turn 50 next week. Ugh!! I wonder where all the time has gone. I’m reminiscing about what I’ve accomplished and what I’ve set aside. And I’ve realized that recently I’ve learned how to persevere to the end. I’ve discovered having the stamina to endure means I have to say goodbye to a lot of things that would be fun, exciting, good, meaningful, even fulfilling. I can’t say yes to everything and think I can complete them all. Having been forced to slow down and resign from many commitments has shown me what is really important. And now I have the energy to complete the essentials.