F Simple and Serene Living: DON'T GIVE UP, DON'T GIVE UP, DON'T GIVE UP 09 10
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

DON'T GIVE UP, DON'T GIVE UP, DON'T GIVE UP

Yesterday my post was about first aid for the soul. If you missed it you can read that here. In this past stressful year there have been many days, including today, that I have felt like giving up. As the year winds down, I want to dust my hands off and jump into the new one. I want to leave this one behind. 


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I wonder how many nights I laid awake filled with worry, feeling anxious and disheartened. I think about my grandmother telling me that worry doesn't add a day to our lives. I remember all of the times I have counseled others to put their worries aside, to move forward, and at times I feel like a fraud. How can I counsel others to do something that I am having such a difficult time doing myself. 



Yesterday my fifteen year old car broke down, once again. There is no extra money to fix it right now. Next week is Christmas and I will have to borrow a car in order to go see my family. How is it that at the age of almost sixty four I am struggling so much? How is it that I still work so hard every day and yet have so little? 

I sit and write down the things that I am grateful for. I am so grateful that Katy is out of the hospital and back home, and every day I look to her for inspiration. She has been battling a terrible chronic illness since she was twelve years old, and yet she never gives up or gives in. Yes, I am in pain most days, but I am still able to get up every day. I can walk, and speak, and see. I have a place to live when there are so many others who are homeless. I have food on my table, while others go hungry. I have a family who loves me while there are so many others who are alone and lonely. I realize that although I may have very little money, I still have so much.



So I cling to life. I read the message from yesterday that I have now hung on my mirror, because I know that there are times when my soul needs first aid. I will keep on trying. I will work hard to not see setbacks as failures, but as learning experiences. I will love and value myself. I will continue to learn by looking to others as mentors. Most of all I will keep telling myself.

DON'T GIVE UP, DON'T GIVE UP, DON'T GIVE UP!!!


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14 comments:

  1. Yes- there are times we all need a bandaid for the soul. You are so right- we can never just "give up". xo Diana

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    1. We do, Diana. Sometimes we just have to get a bigger bandaid. :)

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  2. Laura, I needed to hear this today. I've had a rough rough year and I'm ready to run away....in fact I am for a few days. I'm hoping for some time to rest, relax and rejuvenate. Thanks to my oldest daughter I'm going to Aruba for a few days before Christmas with her. I NEED this so much. The stress in my life has gotten to me and my health. Somehow I've got to get a handle on things. Whew...thanks I needed this! Wishing you a wonderful Christmas with your family. So sorry about the car, but there are blessings in there somewhere!
    hugs,
    Linda

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    1. I am so excited for you, Linda. What a wonderful daughter you have. Could you bundle up our bad years into an old sack and drop them into the ocean on your way to Aruba? Enjoy your rest and relaxation, sweet friend. xo

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  3. I love the title of your post! This was so inspiring, and I certainly needed this reminder. Thank you for sharing your moving story. Prayers for you.

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  4. That is all we can do. Move forward and keep on keepin' on.
    Brenda

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  5. hi Laura
    glad you are looking at WHAT you have ..you could be that hostage in sydney ! My amazing mom said things happen for a reason ( shoot no one wants to hear that ) so take it slow .....relax, breathe......there is a reason some where......an it will all turn out .....wishing and praying things become Merry and they will ...a big hug Lorraine

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    1. Thank you, Lorraine. Hoping you have a Merry Christmas. :)

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  6. Just got SS Benefit amount for this next year. 14.00 more each month. I am oh so thankful for that but prices have surely increased more than that because I cannot live on what I use to. I'm thankful to know how to be frugal and to be taught new ways by different bloggers. We will make it. Just the next step each day and rest extra when times are hard. Do something fun. Watch amazon for a book you love and when it hits lowest price then buy it. We can have a few things here and there. Take care. Thoughts are with you as you travel.

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  7. My SS increase is $9.00. OUCH!!! A least the price of gas is down, but everything else is up. Thank you for your warm thoughts, Rita. :)

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  8. Sending you heartfelt wishes for "better," that things turn around, improve, become easier.
    I know how important that pull to be with family is at Christmas time...we will move mountains to be with them.
    And I so hope that you make it to your destination, borrowed car or not Laura.
    Dark nights do mean brighter dawns...it's a bad time right now, but I am so praying that it will be better soon.

    Sending hugs to you.

    Jen

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  9. Thank you for the main message of this post....I truly need it in my life right now. Hope things are better for you.

    Paula

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