Woes and Troubles: Rest but Don’t Quit



Yesterday we talked about one of my favorite uplifting poems called Don’t Quit by Edgar A. Guest.

My favorite lines are:

When care is pressing you down a bit;

Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.


There are times when it feels like Life is ganging up on us and pulling out all the stops. It can be overwhelming, to say the least.  We think we need to keep pushing forward–forging ahead.  But yet, it’s just too hard and we can’t seem to find enough energy within ourselves so we can’t seem to move forward.

As my two favorite lines tell us, it’s okay to rest. It’s okay to take a moment to pause, to take a break.  Here are a few things that I do when I need a break:

~focus on the small, simple things I’m glad about and grateful for;

~read a book and/or watch a movie that makes me laugh;

~look through photos I’ve taken;

~take a walk in nature;

~take a nap;

~listen to uplifting messages;


I give myself a little bit of time to rest, listening to my body and mind for cues. After a time, which could range anywhere from 15 minutes to a few hours, I gently try to tackle a tiny step, one that is easy–easy being defined as something that I don’t have to think to much about and something that I feel I have the energy and emotional wherewithal to handle.

This isn’t an exact science so I will sometimes have to back off from the task when it becomes too much and do something to help me rest and press the reset button. Then I turn back to the task.

As I keep doing this, I find that I gradually regain my equilibrium and then can get back to my usual pace.

Is this what you do? Do you have other techniques that you find helpful?  Please share them in the comments below.  Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,



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