For as long as it makes sense

18 Jun

“For as long as it makes sense” ~ It’s something a few of my friends will have heard me say quite a lot of recently…it’s not so much a mantra or a way of life, it’s just something that’s occurred to me over the past year or so and in retrospect something I’ve applied to my life without realising.

“Winners never quit and quitters never win.” ~ Vince Lombardi

That’s bullshit…We’re preprogrammed from such a young age that to give up or give in is a sign of weakness or failure when in fact being strong enough to walk away; to change your approach, shows more intelligence, strength and integrity than to continue on a fruitless exercise.

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. No use being a damn fool about it.” ~ W.C. Fields

Now I’m not talking about walking away and giving up at the first sign of resistance or of things not going to plan. The best things in life take time, effort, blood, sweat and tears – that’s just the way things go. But, if you can walk away with your head held high, knowing that you’ve tried your best, that you didn’t give up at the first sign of trouble, that you worked on something for as long as it made sense, then as far as I’m concerned you’re a better person for it.

For me this applies to all aspects of my life; work, relationships, friendships, hobbies – almost everything. It’s relevance is intensely personal,  for some “it making sense” might not be a very long period of time; from my point of view, I don’t like to give up or give in; counter-intuitive to this concept I know, but I know in my heart when I’ve given all that I can, tried my hardest and am happy that if I walk away or change my approach I can do so with a clear conscious then I’m not letting myself or anyone else down  (although it will usually take others longer to come to realise this).

“Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it
is letting go.” ~ Herman Hesse


2 Responses to “For as long as it makes sense”

  1. hscbaj June 22, 2010 at 16:52 #

    Perhaps it’s only a perspective that comes with experience. There’s a brashness of youthful naivety that can actually be quite inspiring, but with that comes the lack of wanting to admit you’re wrong. Going with my gut has always done me well professionally, it’s a shame (for me anyway), I couldn’t apply that personally. Oh well, onwards and upwards. Good post old boy.

    • weeeeden June 22, 2010 at 17:01 #

      Thanks for the comment Barrie!

      I agree with your thought of youthful naivety, I guess that’s part of learning and experimenting that we loose as we get older

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