When I got home today I decided to redo my website. I thought it was getting stale, and some tweaks could really freshen up the appearance. In attempt to remove my Google ads, I somehow ended up DELETING ALL OF MY BLOG POSTS. Seeing something I spent countless hours on disappear in one click gave me a jolt of anxiety. This was the tipping point after a long week...and it's only Wednesday. I've received praise and even some scrutiny on my posts, as I dug deep into controversial topics. But I love the reactions I would get, regardless of if they were positive or negative. After about 10 minutes of trying to recover the content, I decided it was not worth the effort. So I quit.
I began to think on how this lessons could translate to our personal and professional lives. This situation epitomizes the old cliche, "If it ain't broke don't fix it!" It also shows that some things are not meant to be and after you've done all that you can do, you must feel at peace with your efforts.
In a society driven by perfection, sometimes it's okay to throw in the towel. This is something I constantly have to remind myself, because I cringe at the thought of stopping things at a point of incompleteness. However, in this serendipitous mistake, I've realized something that goes far beyond a technical malfunction. The realization that there is a significant difference between quitting and giving up all together. I may have quit (even though I hate the way that sounds) on trying to recover those posts, but I am not going to give up on continuing to post on my blog.
Quitting is what you do when you know something isn’t right. You decide it's not worth continuing. Despite my stubborn ENTJ ("The Commander") personality type telling me to find a way, sometimes it makes sense not to. Instead of wasting time and energy into trying to make something work, use that same energy to make something else work better!
Giving up is allowing that proverbial fork in the road to cause a twenty car pile up on I-285 in rush hour. Allowing something or someone insignificant and minuscule, to make you give up and stop all together.
So I think sometimes it's okay to be a quitter. As long as you're not a giver-upper!