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Don’t quit


Don't quit


It is never too late to be what you might have been.
– George Eliot

Do you feel like quitting?


Were you going to run every day, but you missed a day? Did you want to stop eating sugar, but you ate a cookie yesterday?

Did you say you were going to do something, and then you didn’t do it? And now you want to quit?

Do you want to sell your running shoes at your yardsale this weekend? Do you want to shove a dozen cookies in your face? Do you have negative voices in your head,

“You might as well just give up. Go ahead, eat that cookie. Who do you think you are? Just quit. You are not a runner.”

My plan this year was to write every day. I was going to write and publish a story every day on my blog,  but I missed a day. Then I missed another day, and another day, and another day.

Now there is today.

Never give up on something that you can’t go a day without thinking about.
— Sir Winston Churchill

Push delete on the negative sound track. Seriously, push delete right now, and put in a new tape. Or upload a new file. Replay positive thoughts.

 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Philippians 4:8

“I will keep trying. I won’t quit. I can do this. I ran around the block today. I will not eat the cookie. Get behind me cookie!  I can do this.”

Control your mind and you control your life. ( Would you like to tweet that? Here is a link to tweet: tweet, tweet.)

Our life is what our thoughts make it.”
― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Give yourself grace; pick yourself up and go for a run, don’t eat a cookie today,and write a story.

Ultimately, the only power to which man should aspire is that which he exercises over himself.
― Elie Wiesel

Do you feel like quitting?



As I was uploading the photograph for this story, my daughter Timber asked me, “Hey Mama, do you know how your story is about not quitting? You are sort of a hypocrite. You said to not quit, and you quit. You didn’t write this weekend.”

“But, I picked myself back up. Quitting is where you don’t start again.”

“Good point.”

Really, don't quit.

Really, don’t give up.

You just can’t beat the person who won’t give up.
– Babe Ruth


Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.
– Dale Carnegie

About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

You are an artist. Yes, you are. Really.

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  • Wonderful quotes & message, Pamela. Persistence even in the face of that long uphill challenge is a good thing! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • You are very welcome. Thank you for stopping by Linda.

  • Bonnie Kaplan

    Right! We need to keep showing up,starting each day as a fresh start, a blank page to fill. 🙂

    • Today is a new day. I like the image of a blank page to fill.

  • Elsie

    I like the message you send. Send those negative thoughts running and hang in there. Sometimes goals we set may be unrealistic in the face of life. I have faith in you and your writing.

    • Thank you Elsie. I appreciate your encouragement.

  • Winnie

    Were you inside my head today?? I’m going to think about this all day…DON’T QUIT!” I won’t!! I can’t! and I won’t quit!! Thanks for the encouragement!! “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.– Dale Carnegie”

    • Winnie, a trip to China would have been fun yesterday, but it wasn’t me in your head. Keep going, you CAN do ALL things through Christ who gives you strength.
      Praying for you.

  • Tara

    Like others, I needed to read this! But I also like your sense of sureness, you know better, you will do better. So much of not quitting lies in that conversation we have with ourselves- the ability we have to persevere.

    • How did you do yesterday Tara? Did you put in a new tape? What is the project you are working on?

  • margaret simon

    I find many reasons to stall rather than all out quit. “Oh, I’ll exercise again when school starts and I get into a routine.” I love your inner talk in this piece. Now stop reading the comments and get going. You have catching up to do.

  • travelinma

    Pamela, You do not know how much I needed to read this post. Thank you so much. I love the reply to your daughter. I must remember that when the tape starts playing in my head.

    • Remember to hit delete and put in a new tape. I have to read my own story and do it as well.

  • Nancy Hatcher

    Wow…my favorite quote is this one, Get behind me cookie! I can do this.”! Oh do I want this for my life and above all to write. You are so funny and upbeat. You help me so much every week want to keep going. xo

    • Thank you Nancy, you can do this. You are a writer. You just need to write.

  • I have had very similar thoughts over the past few days. It helps to know I’m not alone in this. Thanks for sharing all the inspiring quotes!

    • Our mind is sometimes our worst enemy. Take our thoughts captive and we can continue with boldness.

  • Thanks! Love the quote from Sir Winston Churchill.

  • Janelle

    Yep 🙂 we all stumble but we can still keep going. Thanks, Pamela.