I Quit

Sometimes the easiest way to solve a problem is to stop participating in the problem. The smartest choice is to say “I quit”. I don’t think that quitting should be your primary method for dealing with problems. But there are certainly a lot of cases where it just seems to be the most intelligent answer.

The more I stop trying to force things to happen, the more they seem to sort themselves out. Giving up is really about honoring your feelings. It’s about giving up trying to force yourself into a mold of societal norms and embracing your true self.

So here’s an invitation to…

  • Quit trying to be cool.
  • Give up trying to be perfect.
  • Quit keeping relationships with people you don’t really like.
  • Give up trying to be important. Focusing on community is usually more fulfilling.
  • Quit trying to be super-focused. Sometimes the most compelling ideas come from the most messy, unexpected sources.
  • Give up trying to be indie.

There are a lot of ways we think we’re doing good, but we’re really not. Counter-intuitive to what you think, it might make more sense to…

  • Give up trying to be super happy all the time. Instead, settle for being peaceful.
  • Quit trying to be everything to everyone.
  • Give up trying to fit the mold of your race, astrological sign, job title, religious group, political party or other erroneous associations.
  • Quit thinking that you don’t have the time or skills to make your dreams a reality.
  • Give up trying to have a flawless body, perfect face, or an impeccable wardrobe. Care more about beautifying your mind and being a person who takes beautiful actions.

Trying to make things happen all the time creates a lot of unnecessary anxiety. When I give up, I accept life as it is. No strings attached. No wishing things were different. If an action needs to be taken, I take it. But I’ve given up letting my happiness be dependent on a thing.

Most of these problems only exist within our minds. They’re not problems; they’re simply unnecessary goals. It’s interesting how we seem to have so many problems, so many dilemmas. But most of the time the answer to solving them is doing nothing.

So, what do you think? Has quitting ever helped you win?


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