Knowing When to Quit
“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need.” – Lao Tzu.
I know a woman who receives the beating of her life regularly from her husband of 8-year marriage. She has done everything humanly possible to avoid this without success. The more she tries, the worse it gets. She has several bodily injuries as a result.
There’s a young, brilliant graduate with honours from a University who can’t secure gainful employment. He’s into petty trading in the hope to build on it. But for five years he does everything he possibly can yet the business isn’t just growing. The more he tries, the more he succeeds in failing.
This man and woman have often been advised never to quit when the going gets rough. The truth is that there’s nothing wrong with that advice. But the question is, should one never really leave? Isn’t there a point at which quitting is better? Isn’t there a situation where stopping is necessary and when not quitting is even foolish?
I believe that sometimes quitting is an act of strength and not weakness. It is better to leave than hanging on to something that’s killing you. Sometimes you cannot move forward in life until you let go; the important thing is never to forget what the hurt taught you.
My friend, if you want to fly, you’ve got to leave the ground. If you’re going to move forward, you’ve got to let go of that which drags you down. You see, some struggles in life must be continued, and some must be brought to a close – the wisdom is in knowing which, and when.