Saturday, March 6, 2010

Never Give Up

"When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn"~Harriet Beecher Stowe

The other morning I literally woke up saying "never give up" & "perseverance" over and over again.
I didn't know what to think of it at the time.  Throughout that day those two words were stuck in my head.
I spent a little time sitting on the couch thinking about my whole life up until now.

I thought about my birth to a young 16 year old girl, who became a mother on November 16, 1974 and how she brought me to America at the age of 2 1/2.

I thought about a time when my mom and I were hiding behind a dumpster in Los Angeles, hiding from her abusive boyfriend.

I thought about the time my mom left me with my Aunt and Uncle, and I wouldn't see her again for about a year.

There were many times after the time that I moved to Texas, to reunite with my mom at age 5, that I felt like giving up.

The time my mom died when I was 8.  I remember it so clearly. I saw her dying.  I wanted to give up.
I flashed forward to 4  years ago when my husband was injured at work and we had to sell our home that we built. We had to sell a lot of things that we "thought" were important.  Since then, we have struggled financially and I have felt like giving up more than I can count.

It felt like every time we took a step forward we took 2 or 3 steps back.
The only thing I had to do to pull out of my "give up" mode was think of my family, my children.  I can't imagine not being here for them in this beautiful yet crazy world.

We still struggle financially but I see the bigger picture.

What keeps me going?  Why haven't I given up?

It's not about money.  It's all about family.

2010 signifies perseverance for me.


I hope that you will NEVER GIVE UP!


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