"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 will NEVER GIVE UP!
I hope that you will NEVER GIVE UP!