When To Give Up?

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I have a question: When do you know you’ve tried enough? Tried enough to oh, I don't know, fix that friendship, rescue that friend, climb that mountain, repair that car or achieve that rusty old goal?


Give Up

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When do you know it is time to give up? How bad does it have to get? Do you have to lose ALL good things about the situation or just most? Do you have some indicator, some inner voice that tells you, “Yes. You have done your best. Yes. You have tried and tried again and that’s quite enough. thank you.”

Is it when you just get too tired? Or is that a different kind of tipping point? Maybe you get resigned or fall over into burned out and then you just keep going because it doesn’t matter anymore. Maybe that is something to - I know this sounds strange - hope for in some situations...? Maybe then you just do what you do and the outcome is simply what it is and you just stop caring.

“Their heart grew cold they let their wings down.”
--Sappho
 

But what if every time you think about this situation or relationship the only thing you can feel anymore is trepidation or even anger? What if the good that is left is small in comparison to everything that is not good?

When is enough enough?

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