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Take a Beat

One of the best books I have read along my journey is by Chuck Swindoll, "Three Steps Forward, Two Steps Back." He talks about the ebbs and flows of life and how we progress in when it appears we are going nowhere. It is a great read about perseverance and putting life in perspective.

I woke up this morning a bit weighted. I was consumed with the responsibilities of my life as well as what I am currently witnessing in the earth. There is so much going on. Like many, I am trying to balance life within this world which provides little support to my values. However, I know that quitting is not an option. People are depending on me for solutions and the few I possess are beneficial to those who need them.

I heard the poem, "Don't Quit" by Edgar Albert Guest, at my eighth grade promotion ceremony. During times in my life when I would feel overwhelmed, my mother would quote all or part of the poem to me. This verse resonated with my soul today,

"When things go wrong as they sometimes will,

When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,

When the funds are low and the debts are high,

And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,

When care is pressing you down a bit,

Rest if you must, but don't you quit.

You have to take a beat when life gets overwhelming. There are many events that happen unexpectedly and you must find a way to keep them in order. You may have struggling children, elderly parents, cash flow concerns from your business, spiritual questions about God and faith. The list is endless and although you may not immediately hear or find the answers to life's questions, they will manifest in time. Stay the course. Hold firmly to your beliefs. Do not discount your value, and most importantly, don't quit.

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