It was 2008.
Freshly separated soon to be divorced, broke, drowning in debt, severely out of shape and a complete depressed mess.
My life seemed to be spiraling out of control in record time.
I felt lost. I felt alone. I felt hopeless.
At the time, I wasn’t sure how I got to that point, but I was there. Only a few short years earlier I was riding high with huge goals and a bright future.
I struggled to get by and scraped up what I could just for food and gas to see my kids on the weekends. I pawned my possessions and sold them on Craigslist.
Day by day, my miniscule apartment was becoming desolate.
I was at my wits end and feared that I wouldn’t make it through this dark time.
Then, as I walked through a thrift store looking for kitchenware because I had none, I came across it.
The words that saved me. The words that brought me back to life.
They were written on cheap particle board. It had a background of a sailboat sailing into the horizon, followed by a terrorizing wave primed for destruction and a seagull escaping the scene that probably would not inspire anyone but me.
What didn’t mean much to its last owner, meant the world to me. It was my lifeline to a better life.
It was exactly what I needed at the exact moment I needed it. It felt as if someone knew that I needed something and placed it there just for me.
These were the words that changed everything:
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.
Life is strange with its twists and turns,
As everyone of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow,
You may succeed with another blow.
Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you can never tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit,
It’s when things seem worse
That you must not quit.
Now, my life didn’t do a complete 180 on the spot, but my mindset did and things began to change. Positive change. One small change at a time.
I changed for the better. My life changed for the better.
I didn’t quit and decided I wouldn’t live the way I had been.
Whatever difficulties, obstacles, and trials you are facing today, no matter how intense and how gigantic they may seem, DONT QUIT!
PERSEVERE and OVERCOME.
Build the life you want.