Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did. – Newt Gingrich
My wife and I have been foster parents for a little over a year now and it’s been nothing like we expected. Actually, I’m not exactly sure what we thought we’d experience, I just know we had no clue what we were getting into. Today, even after a year, I still get surprised…sometimes for the better, just as often for the worse.
And honestly, there are days I feel like quitting. I love my kids and I can’t imagine giving up on them, but the job and the system gets a bit…overwhelming.
Some things are just like that. You jump into a project, a job or a journey with the best intentions, ready to change the world but then the novelty wears off, the honeymoon is over and the going gets tough. You begin to get lost in the drudgery of what you do and you start to forget why you do it. And that’s when you find yourself going to bed after a particularly long day, dreaming dreams of greener grass. You start asking, “Why don’t I just quit?” And you start splitting mental energy between reality and your own personal escapist fantasy.
It doesn’t matter what the job is…whether it’s foster care, accounting, construction, or anything in between. Do it long enough and you’ll have days you just feel like quitting.
And it’s on that day that you need to remember this… The moment you’re ready to quit is usually the moment right before a miracle happens.
Remember how there’s days I feel like quitting in foster care? Well, just a couple days ago when I walked into my office, I found this on my whiteboard…
And I remembered all the reasons to not quit.
Stay the course with me. Don’t quit…and wait for the miracle!