Don’t give up. You’re doing just fine.

A little voice is speaking. Soft and barely audible as I strain to hear it. Faint like a whisper, echoing into the cave of my ear:

“Don’t give up. You’re doing just fine.”

Words tumble from my lips as I argue with this little noise. Every reason for its contradiction is real, and the memories of all my crucified hopes threaten to snuff it out. Other voices, bolder and louder, screech the agonizing reminders of all the times I have tried and failed. 

My thoughts dance in my head, waltzing to the tune of the shrieks. And they are the thoughts of one who has stumbled and fallen, who got up only to fall again.

“Don’t give up. You’re doing just fine.”

The voice is as faint as ever, but still it speaks. Neither arguing, nor contradicting the others. But this time, it calms me enough to lower my restless body to the ground. 

Not long after, all I feel is my heartbeat and the movement my lungs as they trap and release air. I place my hand on my aching head, my thoughts clearing a little as a welcome breath of cool wind caresses my face.

“I won’t give up,” I hear my voice whisper. “I’m doing just fine.”

I dedicate this post to all who have been here. Whatever you strive for, whatever seems out of reach, it is my hope you will listen to that little voice we all know and too often ignore. 

Be well,

-Beth

 

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