I have a few motto’s in my life and “don’t quit before the miracle” is one of my go-to’s. This little motto is one that I like to remind myself just when I am about to give something up. As I get deep into thought about a change in life that I am seeking, I ask myself:
Have I seen the miracle of the work that I have put?
Have I seen the purpose of what this work has fulfilled?
If the answer to any of these questions is no, then I continue on; no matter how messy it gets. The miracle is that grand payoff or the purpose of why I am doing what I am doing. I strongly dislike giving up a habit or routine without seeing it through to the miracle, I always feel regretful doing so.
Last week I was on the verge of shutting this blog down. Disappointed by the returns of views that I have been getting of late, I felt perhaps I have worn out my welcome as a writer in this world. I was getting discouraged by the traction my words were making. I then reminded myself that I am not writing these posts for anyone else but myself.
Writing every week to learn more about myself and my writing style is just practice for something bigger, what that is, I don’t know. I reminded myself to not quit before the miracle and that something will come of this. I just don’t know what that is and I have to hold on.
Then, out of nowhere, my “miracle” happened.
I was driving home after picking up my son from daycare when I got a notification from WordPress on my phone. The notification was alerting me that someone had linked to one of my blog posts. “This was odd, this has never happened before.” I remember thinking to myself as I closed the notification and decided that I would check it when I got home. To make a long story short, my blog post “Social Media Is The New Smoking” was featured on Hacker News which is a tech news site, I made it as far as #2 on the list. Immediately, that post went viral and got about 2,000 views in less than a half-hour! After 12 hours I had over 12,000 views! To put this into context, I only had 9,000 views on 110 blog posts in all of 2015 and 2016 put together! For the first time in my life, something I made went viral! Whoa!
The lesson here is that we never know when the things we do will make a difference in the life we lead.
We work hard every day trying to make that difference and when we lose sight of the ideal difference that we want to make, we give up. Whether it be at our jobs, working out at the gym or even our marriages. When we feel that what we do is making no difference, we stop. But what if the miracle of that difference was right around the corner? We gave up too early!
Too often we sell ourselves just short of the finish line and become hopeless and powerless that we cannot do anything of meaning in our lives. But all we had to do was give ourselves just one more push. Quitting before our miracles can become a life-long debilitating habit that cripples our greatness and erodes our mindsets.
One of the beautiful things in life is that each of the answers to our questions in life are right there in front of our eyes and ears, all we have to do is watch and listen. The world will give us clues as to what our greatness is are if we are just willing to be open-minded to what it is showing us. We can use these clues to give us bits of energy to guide us towards our miracle. Once we become aware of what the world is telling us and we decide to hunker down and work hard at our all-world talent until the miracle of life’s purpose becomes obvious. We will have no other option but to follow our purpose and lead a life that so many wish they could even partially achieve.
Don’t quit before your miracle happens.