I’m Thankful for the Will To Keep Trying
I’m sick today and almost talked myself out of writing this post, but I’ve been working really hard lately on overcoming things despite how I feel. So here it is, a bright shiny new post on the blog that I’ve neglected for most of the year. If you’re reading this, thanks for taking the time. I appreciate you and whatever brought you to my site. I hope that you can find something relatable here and that you’ll leave a little happier and encouraged to follow your own dreams.
About a month ago, I found this cute little pumpkin sign in the dollar store. And so this series of posts was born. Each day for the month of November, I’m going to write about something I’m grateful for. This is not an original idea, but it is a meaningful one. I think that gratitude might be the number one thing we can hold on to in our lives to “Live Vibrant”. A grateful heart keeps you humble, it helps you to recognize all of the wonder life has to offer, and it opens space in your heart for others. Armed with just those three qualities you’re bound to be happier in life. And that’s barely scratching the surface of what gratitude can do.
Today, I woke up feeling pretty discouraged. I was up all night sick with a sore throat and fever. So I didn’t make it into work. I started thinking about what I’m going to need to do to catch up on things, and stressing out. Then I thought about all of the other things besides work that I want to get done: writing my book (November is NANOWRIMO), getting healthier, cleaning my messy room, learning to trade on the foreign exchange market with my dad, having more of a social life etc. All these thoughts and emotions started their familiar pattern of spiraling out of control until I felt an overwhelming mountain of pressure in my chest. This is not a new thing for me. I am an expert worrier.
But when I started thinking about what I’m grateful for, I realized that even with all of those thoughts and feelings, I’m not giving up. I make mistakes and I fall short, but I keep trying. I want to give myself credit for that today. Sometimes I feel like my progress is so slow, it might not even be perceptible. But looking back I can see the growth. I am stronger today than I was yesterday. The sun will rise again tomorrow and I can do better. As long as I keep trying, I’ll reach my goals in the end. Those thoughts are pretty empowering.
There’s a great quote by Calvin Coolidge: “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”
There are days like today when I get discouraged, but I don’t let them keep me down. I am persistent and I’m determined. And I’m thankful that I have the will to keep trying.