Letting go- failure or quitting? what's the difference?
August 17, 2014 2:14 PM Subscribe
I am having a hard time letting go of something. I have been told that I have an amazing ability to persevere and I can, unfortunately, keep on trying to make things work- for ever! Needless to say, letting a current bad situation go is proving to be near impossible because I see doing that as outright failure, not to mention a complete waste of 1+ year. My friends say its not failure, and I don't think I understand the difference. So I am hoping that maybe you can explain with personal anecdotes?
posted by xm to Grab Bag (22 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
If you have been in a tight spot, personally or professionally (say, deciding to divorce or leaving a bad job), how did you decide whether it was failure or quitting? If you have as much trouble as I seem to have with letting go, how did you learn to overcome it? And finally, if something is affecting your health adversely, what is the tipping point- losing sleep and/or appetite, a trip to a psychologist, getting cancer or getting admitted in a mental hospital?? How would you know that your health is really, truly, definitely being affected adversely, and its not a function of not getting your act together and dealing with whatever life throws at you?
Thanks in advance!