When To Throw In The Towel

Last week I was thinking a lot about inspiration. I even wrote about it.

But over the weekend, all that inspiration had me wondering when it was going to be time to wave the white flag. When exactly was I supposed to stop?

To tell you the truth, I couldn’t come up with a definite answer.  

I’ve been trying to finish an eBook for the last couple months and every time I schedule the time to work on it, I end up drifting off and writing about something else.

But this past weekend, I finally finished. It took me 8 hours.

And when I was done, I wanted to kick back and relax, but as soon as I closed my laptop, I thought to myself “ok, now what?”.

My mind is habitually on the move. That’s just how it works, but this time I knew I had to ignore my thoughts and take a break.

A lot of us are constantly moving and doing. Even when we’re supposed to be resting. But at some point, we have to devote time to our recovery.

We all know ourselves well enough to understand our own ability. We know when we should and shouldn’t tap out. We’re usually just not willing to listen to ourselves.

It’s an interesting paradox, because usually when we’re busy, we wish we had nothing to do, then when we get a break, we try to find something to do.

There’s a balance. All we have to do is live our lives, pay attention and decide what’s best for ourselves. Not based on how many things we can check off our to-do list, but instead, based on our own well-being.

There have been plenty of times I’ve gotten carried away and stretched myself too thin. I still do it on a regular basis. But I’ve realized that it doesn’t produce great results, so whenever I can catch myself and avoid it, I do.

Be inspired and push through resistance, but don’t overextend yourself. It’s pointless. The only thing it’s good for is reminding us of how much we hate the feeling.

Don’t be afraid to throw in the towel when the time is right. You won’t miss a thing.

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