When life gets tough, it is easy to consider quitting. And there are so many motivators to push me ahead. I’ve also written few posts on those.
One such motivator was part of my curriculum in school. Which stayed longer than most other lessons.
It was about Jesse Owens. And his greatest Olympic prize. He won four gold medals in that Olympics and set an amazing record, when none expected him to succeed in anything at all. Even if he is the most eligible candidate to winall those laurels. Though he overcame many hurdles to participate in finals, the most difficult hurdle was when he was almost not making through the trials.
That’s when Luz Long, his fellow competitor offers him an advice, which costs him his own victory in Olympics.
When Owens was trying to give his best, even at trials, and was instead making a foul, he was consulted to not give his best, but just get through the trials. So he might get into the finals and show his worth, where it matters the most. Thus, he sets back a little to achieve even more in the finals and go on to win the coveted gold medal in Olympics.
The lesson, that stayed with me is not just about losing a little to gain more. But to earn a friend, who would push me ahead, even when it might cost them their victory. Who would stand by me at all times, who knows what I’m capable of better than me, who knows when I’m stuck in an imaginary pit and who knows how to redeem me from myself, so that I would achieve what I’m capable of..
That might seem like an unachievable dream. But the lucky me found not just one but more than one such dear true friend! Yes, they still exist and they still stay along as my friend in my happiness and sadness, and all ups and downs.
And whenever I’m on the verge of quitting, one of them comes around to push me ahead. And thus I keep on going forward as well as achieving more and more.
For those who wonder, whether I return the favour, I do so, as said, by my friends.. 🙂
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I learned many years ago how important it is to surround yourself as much as possible with people who are positive and supportive. Those who are constantly complaining, and are generally negative, should be kept at such a distance that they do not influence you because, at the end of the day, they are not responsible for your successes and failures …. you are!
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And I try whenever possible to be that positive friend, even if they are closing their eyes to the possibilities, and boost up the world a little more.. 😊
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