As someone who would typically “cut and run”, I am discovering the power of staying, and enduring. I started my career job today, and that only happened because I for once didn’t jump ship when it got uncomfortable. I was tempted to, but in the eleventh hour I realized that short-term relief wouldn’t get me where I wanted to go long-term. For the first time in my career, I withstood the pain of where I was at, in order to get to where I wanted to go. It paid off.
Holding the line gives us the lasting power that facilitates attributes such as reliability, respect, and confidence. I think about all of the times I gave up, or did something half-measured, only to benefit others and not myself. What I have learned over the past half year is that it’s okay to be uncomfortable, but it’s not an excuse to skip out.
The consistency of showing up, of doing it even when it’s hard, and of hoping for a better future, all contribute to us eventually changing our realities to be in places where we do truly feel loved and supported. It is possible.