When to Stay, and When to Quit (BTW—-Don’t Read Too Much Into This Post!)

When should you stick with something, and when should you quit?  I don’t think that there’s always a right or a wrong answer on what you should do and when.  There are positives and there are negatives, and you get to decide where you proceed in light of that.

I’m sort of an all-or-nothing sort of person, who feels that I have to stick with everything to which I commit.  After all, I reason to myself, if I could not stick with one thing, how do I know that I’ll stick with something else?  When should I feel free to call it quits?  If I get offended, should I quit?

The fact is, though, that there are plenty of people who quit something and then move on to stick with something else for a very long period of time.  This applies to jobs, relationships, classes, church, and the list goes on.  You have to decide if something is worth enduring.  No situation is absolutely perfect, but there are plenty of imperfect situations that are worth the effort.

Sometimes, you may feel that you have to stay, even if you don’t like the situation.  If you’re working at a job that you hate but you’d have no other means of financial support were you to leave the job, many of you would probably choose to stick with the job.  If you’re married and have kids, you hate your marriage, and yet you feel that your kids need two parents, some of you would probably stick with the marriage.

I don’t want to be the sort of person who quits something every time that I get offended.  But I also don’t want to be the sort of person who sticks with unhealthy situations.  The middle ground requires decision-making, and accepting the consequences of that decision, positive and negative.

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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3 Responses to When to Stay, and When to Quit (BTW—-Don’t Read Too Much Into This Post!)

  1. Great thoughts. I tend to be the “stick-with-it” person as well, but often I have had horrible situations or relationships I should have gotten away from earlier. Instead, my health was impacted as I desperately tried to “persevere.”


  2. jamesbradfordpate says:

    Good points, Consideragain.


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