When to walk away – Reclaim your Life
Is it time to walk away? We’re taught from an early age to keep trying, to struggle until we succeed or we will appear weak in the eyes of others. Sometimes it’s the stronger people who know when to quit and move on with their lives. Banging your head against a brick wall until it hurts is not the sensible course of action. Obviously, you do your best and try to work out difficult circumstances and obstructive people, but then you must make a choice. Continue battling the odds or walk away to fight another day.
What are you fighting at the moment? A business that’s past its use by date, a one-sided relationship, or some other problem? If you’ve done all you can, then perhaps it’s time to let go and start afresh.
The old saying ‘What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’ is often true. Driving yourself crazy mulling over what could have been, could you have done better when it is all over, is just stealing your joy.
Actions which proved successful in the past may no longer work, especially in today’s fast moving world. Businesses and jobs are disappearing at an alarming rate as the work environment becomes more automated. It’s estimated that robots will take over 50% of jobs now performed by humans in the near future. That’s many people who will have to make changes, and it’s maybe better to face it now than when it’s forced upon you.
Part of the business changes happening at the moment, are careers and companies squeezed out by the big boys. For example, Amazon food shopping and Alibaba are coming to Australia, making local retailers scared, and with good reason. Google algorithms change, and suddenly visits to your site drop off the grid. All this is not your fault, but it doesn’t pay to be an ostrich and bury your head in the sand. You may have to learn new skills and move on.
Relationships change over time and can end altogether. People are living longer, society is changing, and some may seek a different way of living than their partner or friends. Often it is pointless to cling on to someone when they clearly don’t want you. The fault doesn’t lie with them or you, it’s called life. What you wanted at twenty may not be what you want at fifty. People in your life change spiritually and emotionally, and their new paradigms may be different from yours.
If you have this disappointment to face perhaps you have to rethink your life and let them go, find others that think in the same way as you. Life is short and there is no point in putting your happiness on hold. People come into your life for a reason, perhaps for just a season, to strengthen you or to teach you a life lesson. Then they move on and so must you.
Think about what you want, how you can live an authentic life. Not everyone is going to like you, no matter how wonderful you are. Accept the truth of that, but don’t let it batter your self-esteem. After all there is only one of you in the entire world, you are worthy and lovable and born for a reason.
Misfortune is part of life. You do the best you can and if circumstances are against you and you can’t overcome a particular issue, then let go. Begin a new dream. Take time out, even a few hours walking in nature and allow a new future to evolve in your mind. Resolve to let go of the negative, the unworkable and begin again. If necessary, reinvent yourself. You can be a completely different person leading a new life if you want, or just change your circumstances little by little.
May you make the right choices and live a blessed life.