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Keep Going.

Keep Going.

Keep Going.

This advice is just about as unpopular as it gets. When you really need to hear it, you aren’t looking for it. And when you think you don’t need to hear it, you pass it off as tired and cliche. 

 

Keep Going.

This kind of encouragement is unsexy. It comes from teachers and track coaches and not from television. The best looking person who would ever possibly say this is the workout instructor on your fitness DVD. Otherwise, when you play this kind of advice in your head, you picture your school counsellor saying it when you considered dropping advanced calculus. She’s wearing a dowdy sweater that smells like mothballs and she says it to you because she’s reminding herself–she’s still got another three appointments after you.

 

Keep Going.

It’s unsatisfying and far too simple. You have far too many good reasons to quit. You’ve rationalized away your lack of motivation. You can see how the opportunity is closing before you’ve stepped through the door. You want someone to argue with you. You want something to keep you in the game. You need a new incentive. Perhaps a new strategy or routine. Perhaps you could reexamine your disciplines. Maybe there’s some flaw in your logic. Maybe you’re practicing wrong. It seems like the right time to get reflective. To stop and think, and reevaluate.  Surely it’s foolish to forge ahead.

 

Keep Going.

You’re feeling ripped off because the finish line should’ve been here by now. When you agreed to start you anticipated a sooner ending. You’re even doubting it will be worth it in the end. You’re sacrificing far too much for far too little. You’re losing sight of what got you into this mess in the first place. Your determination is fading. Nobody sympathizes with you. Other people in your position have already quit. You’re watching exit ramps come and go, filled with new potential. You’re beginning to dream about entirely different options. You can cut your losses and stop the bleeding if you finish now. In fact, no one will have to know you didn’t make it: you can redraw the route in your mind and move the goal so you can tell everyone how you actually accomplished what you set out to do. In time, you might even believe it yourself.

 

Keep Going.

 

Keep Going. 

 

Keep Going.

Patience is a unique virtue. Patience is always one foot taller than whatever tape you used to measure it. It always asks for one step further than you consider possible. We are guilty of looking for some outside force to drag us into our future, so we turn to impostors like ambition and pride to make us successful. Patience is far too dignified to take away your free will. It invites you and convicts you but does not demand your obedience–patience is the quietest coach in your corner of the ring. But patience is radiant with hope. Patience bought into the initial dream long ago when passion first sold it to you–and patience still hasn’t lost perspective. Patience knew this would be tougher than you did when you signed up for it. Patience can be trusted because patience can find water and shade in all the desert places.

 

Keep Going.

Patience means there can be rest in the middle of the struggle. Patience doesn’t want you to grit your teeth and try harder–patience wants you to be so settled into the outcome that resistance doesn’t phase you anymore. Humble little patience wants to make you into an unstoppable force.

You don’t need more encouragement. You don’t need an emotional steroid to get to where you’re called to be. The still small voice of patience will suffice, if you listen for it…

 

Keep Going. It will all be worth it. 

This applies for outward endeavours, like book writing and finishing that painting and working out at the gym. It especially applies in the hidden journeys of the heart, where other people cannot bear witness to your struggle. It matters when you have decided to treat your adversaries with respect, and when you knew it was right to say no to that promotion for the sake of your kids. It matters when you’re trying to deepen your connection with your spouse in the middle of all of life’s competing interests. It matters, most of all, whenever you set your heart to anything worthy of your inspired passions.


To keep going is all there is to it. 

And that is all you need.

Things I'll Say Along the Way

Things I'll Say Along the Way

TLDR: 2014

TLDR: 2014