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The Art of Never Giving Up

Jul 27, 2017

All things are produced and make sense over time. While we take time to talk about gratitude, we don’t talk about it enough and we don't talk about our fears. In life, (especially under certain conditions), we have to find the motivation to fight, to say "forget it, I don't deserve this", and strive for better. We need to know when to let go, and when to move on. Sometimes we stay in unhappy relationships, friendships and situations when we need to free ourselves of them. Sometimes you will need a detox or break from people. It is perfectly okay if you need space from someone. It doesn’t mean that we don’t love people if we feel like we need a break from them.

In time everything will make sense.In time everything will make sense.

Continue to focus on your goals and aspirations, but do it for you in your own time. Don’t compare yourself to others. Sure, there is nothing wrong with a little healthy competition, but it’s not healthy to be too competitive. Be motivated by you and by what you want--not by what you think others expect from you. You do not have to prove anything to anyone. Be genuine with your desires and you will see improvements. You are more likely to get the response that you want when you are being honest. Sometimes the truth hurts, but we need to hurt in order to grow. A lot of the time our painful experiences make us stronger.

Nothing happens when we want it to.Nothing happens when we want it to.

There will be times when you feel like you can't do anything, but just do something--it will help. Even if you have to force yourself into it. Keep yourself busy until you actually feel busy and fulfilled. Sometimes you have to force yourself to take action, and it might feel super annoying, but once you get into the activity you may feel better.

Chances are that you will feel good about yourself for going after it even though you didn’t want to.

Belive in yourself and have faith in your future.Belive in yourself and have faith in your future.

It is so easy to give up. No one said that life was meant to be easy, but if you can find a balance between the ups and downs, then you are ahead of the game. Regardless of what comes your way, keep going because you never know when things are going to change, or when a change will come. You don’t know when you will meet someone new, or go someplace amazing, or land a summer job, or even read an amazing book.

Whatever you do, never give up.Whatever you do, never give up.

It’s serious to say that many people have seen dreams come true later in life, none of us, get it all, at the same time, and none of us can ever stop working towards the things we want from life. If you don’t like the way you look now that might change one day. If you’re flunking out of school now you might have a kickass job someday. Haven’t you heard stories of people who hated high school but later flourished in life? This is just a moment of your life. You have to hang on because you are so young and so much has yet to be determined, seen or experienced. In so many ways, you are still figuring yourself out so take the time to do that. Figure out who you are now so that you can build a promising future. One that highlights all the things that you want and dream to do with your life one day.

Sometimes we have to work harder to find happiness. Sometimes we have to work harder to find happiness.

Like is a game of chance, but if you keep playing, you will come across a win. You never know when the arcade game is going to dish out a bunch of tickets, or when you feel that great sense of winning, but you've got to wait, hang in there and bear it all because it could happen, anything could happen. Sure, they say the house always wins, but if you keep playing, the odds are that eventually, the house will lose. The key is to never give up, even when it feels like you should. Know when to walk away, achieve, and aim to win, but don’t get too greedy and never overplay your hand. You’ve got to take care of yourself and ensure that you are in a good place both with yourself and with others. Life happens when it happens, and when it does, you won’t want to miss it.

You never know what is waiting for you.You never know what is waiting for you.

Yes, the waiting game is painful, waiting is tiring and it feels and seems like nothing, it feels like nothing, but time makes use of time, in its own time. Time takes time. It always does, you just have to wait for it, and keep working towards getting it right in the moment. In the meantime, embrace the small things that can change your day. Like having a good conversation with someone, or having a polite stranger wish you hello on the street. These are the little things that really make the world of difference. This is a part of us being grateful for the things we have and the things we value in life. What does gratitude look like? It’s truly different for everyone as we all experience unique realities.

What are you grateful for? Start a gratitude journal.What are you grateful for? Start a gratitude journal.

Here Are Some Examples of Things to be Grateful For:

  • A loving parent
  • A good friend
  • An exciting story
  • A helping hand
  • A good grade
  • Landing a summer job
  • Connecting with your crush
  • Having a good meal
  • Being sheltered and warm
  • A hug

Take time to dream.Take time to dream.

There is so much to be grateful for and so many things to motivate us towards tomorrow. Gratitude can be big or small, but try to find one or two things about each day to be grateful for. This has been said to increase happiness because our level of appreciation increases and so does our mood. Some people keep a gratitude journal, Oprah came out with a famous gratitude journal years ago. It’s simple really, you just need a place to document the things you are thankful for. You can create your own, find a journal, use a notepad, or even just use a piece of paper, and write down five things you are grateful for about each day. If you can’t think of five (as bad days are natural) try to think of one, and remember it can be a really small thing. Even, “my friend shared her snack”, or “someone let me go ahead of them.” Gratitude can be found in a wide variety of places, but you should look for it. Don’t be afraid to have self-gratitude either, build your confidence, think of the things that you like about yourself and write them down. Remind yourself of these things when you get down or discouraged. It will help to bring you back onto to your feet. A gentle reminder can work miracles.  

Time takes time and things change on a dime.Time takes time and things change on a dime.

The big things seem so scary, but in reality, it is the small things, which truly make or break our day. Perhaps it's the success on the basketball court or more importantly, the small acts of human kindness, which mean more than anything.

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What are some good small acts of kindness that you can think of? What are some examples of kindness that you have experienced?



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Dear Dish-It In The Forums

Goodness... I see where your mother is coming from: if you eat too much, no matter how healthy the food is, and don't work off the calories, you're going to gain weight. But she's being very obsessive and dramatic about it. There is nothing wrong with eating pizza or a cookie every now and then, and there's nothing wrong with relaxing from time to time either. As long as you aren't constantly eating junk and not burning the calories, then you do not have a problem. Eating unhealthy things every now and then does not make you fat. EATING every now and then does not make you fat. Try explaining this to her, calmly and patiently. Tell her that you don't want to be forced to do all of this exercising - being forced to exercise makes it a lot less interesting. Do not take "This is for your own good" for an answer; if you do not want to do it, it is NOT for your good. (This, of course, would be a different story if you were actually fat.) ALSO tell her that exercising too much and not satiating your cravings is JUST AS UNHEALTHY AS BEING FAT IS. If you were to not eat healthful meals and not snack every now and then, no matter how healthy or unhealthy the food is, plus exercise so frequently, you would not be healthy.  Eating is good for you, even if the food isn't. Eating too little and eating too much is not healthy. Exercise is good for you. Not exercising enough and exercising too much is not good for you. If you talking to her doesn't help, try telling another adult how you feel, and maybe they can help get it through to her. Regardless of what happens, take care of yourself. Moderate how much you eat, but don't limit yourself to less than you feel you need. Exercise, but don't do something you don't want to; working out should be fun. Good luck with everything. I'm really sorry that she makes you feel so badly about this.
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jake495 posted in Family Issues:
Make sure she knows its your body not hers In a respectful way of course
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I'm perfectly happy with myself. I'm around 5'6" and somewhere between 140-150 pounds, and I don't feel fat. But my mom is constantly telling me that I am, or, at least, that I'm going to be. She forces me to go to exercise classes because I don't like many sports, tries making me go on diets, but I don't want to. She tells me that if I continue the way I am, having an extra cookie once in a while and only eating cereal for breakfast, that I'll end up fat, and she makes sure to emphasize how horrible that is for a person to live with. She rolls her eyes and sighs whenever she sees me getting a snack, and just in general makes me feel awful for eating the things I like and for relaxing. I've told her that I don't want to do these things and that she makes me feel bad when she says things like that, but she swears it's for my own good and that I should never want to be fat, that it ruins people's lives. How should I deal with this?
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drowning posted in Friends:
"NS12" wrote: I meet this guy at a festival and we have been talking for the whole week and my mum has noticed I keep texting someone and I know I need to tell her but I don t know how I am going to tell her, I doubt she ll get angry or anything but he lives about 4/5 hours away from me. I know I need to tell her as I don t like keeping secrets from her. I know this was a bit ago, but I truly hope that you were able to be open with your mother. If you feel as if they won't get mad at you, then chances are that your guardian will not. Honesty is the best policy, and if you feel guilt keeping a secret, then it is one you probably shouldn't be keeping.
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I agree with @rainbowpoptart. You really shouldn't worry about relationships that much given your age. I promise, they're better things to worry about than boys and more secure romances occur later on in life anyways. But, given the situation, you shouldn't worry about either. The boy is unfaithful and so is your friend. If your best friend really valued your friendship, she would not have put it in a position that could end it. Don't waste your time on those who will not put you first just as you do for them; better people will come into your life and they are the ones who you should really worry about.
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