Good Advice

When you feel like quitting, think about why you started.  

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Just a few days ago, I spotted this quote on facebook.  It’s good advice.

When I was about six years old, I wanted to learn how to ride a bike.  My brother, who is five years older had mastered this skill and I was a bit envious.  I still had training wheels on my little bike.  It was probably the first time I had to work hard to accomplish something.  I didn’t learn the first time I tried.  Or the second or even the third.  I just know that the reason I wanted to do this was so I could ride alongside my brother.  Did I quit?  Yes a few times after skinned knees and bruised confidence.  I finally learned by remembering how important this was to me.

A few years later I wanted to learn to play the piano.  Then I joined the band and wanted to learn how to play the trumpet.  Neither was easy to learn and took lots of time and practice. I continued to remember why this was important to me and why I started the process. It worked.

As we get older, there are more things to learn and sometimes more reasons to quit.   A new job, a relationship, a career; all things worthy of  learning more about.  The reasons and excuses for quitting became more complicated.  But keeping in mind why you started the process is still important in reaching your goals.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

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About Life in the 50's and beyond...

Welcome to Life in the 50's and 60's and beyond .... where I write about my childhood memories, music of the 60's and about life in the country. I am a mother, grandmother, farmer's wife, business owner, and retired teacher.
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6 Responses to Good Advice

  1. This is great advice.

    The one that sticks with me is “Stick your finger in water. If the hole stays when you remove your finger, only then are you irreplaceable.” Hard to hear, but sadly very true.

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  2. LB says:

    The first time I was leaving Virginia to fight fires in Northern Idaho, my father said (after picking up on a little bit of nerves) “you can always come home”. So true. I didn’t come home, but it sure was comforting to know that I could!

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  3. Whenever my sister and I were going out anywhere, my mother would say, “Be good. If you can’t be good, be careful.” I still follow her advice!

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  4. I recall going roller skating with school friends…I had no idea how to even stand up on those rolling shoes…I got a pair of skates and practiced …over and over…in our driveway…and when I returned to the skating rink next time…kids were amazed at my skills…just a little memory!

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