This post by Rebecca Lammersen originally appeared on elephant on 6/23/12. While it has a spiritual (though non-religious) bent, those who are struggling with the decision between continuing on their current path toward success in authorship and changing course may find it offers some helpful food for thought.
“One of the hardest decisions you will ever face in life, is choosing whether to try harder or walk away.”
Try harder or walk away—this is the only choice we make in every moment of life. We either try harder or we walk away from being present, loving ourselves, loving another, pursuing our passions or completing a task. We choose to continue doing, thinking, saying, listening, eating and being what we are, or we break up with it.
There is only one way to do everything, completely or not at all. If we half-ass life, we cheat our truth, stop growing, we suffer.
Imagine if an architect half-assed plans for a building, or an aerospace engineer half-assed the construction of an airplane. The building couldn’t stand on its own and the plane couldn’t fly. We are the architects of our lives. We have to devote entirely to our project or walk away from the drawing pad until we are willing to do the work.
The choice to stay or leave, determines whether we free ourselves or we suffer. How do we make the “right” decision?
We learn how to discern between the doubt of the mind and the surety of the spirit.
The discernment is in the volume. The mind is loud and the spirit is quiet.