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044 When is it time to give up things that you like?

  • Make A Habit To Do The Things You like

I do not give up easily. Once I decided that something is worth doing, I will make it a habit to do it regularly.

For example, I have been writing an article weekly without fail for this blog, for 44 weeks straight, even when I was unwell or became overwhelmed with work.

I have been running and cycling regularly at least 3 times a week without fail for 13 months.

And I spend time with my children on activities like gardening, swimming and cycling weekly.

All these efforts are not tedious because I have simply made it a habit to do the things I like. I encourage you to do the same: Make it a habit to do the things you like. It certainly raises the quality of life.

  • When It Is Time To Give Up

But there is always an end to everything, no matter how much you would like to continue doing it. Knowing when to put an end to things is equally important.

Too often people end up doing something out of habits or obligations. They continue doing it even when the circumstances have changed. As a result, they lose sight of the original purpose and the joy of doing these things in the first place.

This week, I have been contemplating on giving up some things that I hold dearly: putting an end to blogging, going separate ways with some people, changing the course of my career and aborting a long overdue study plan. These are agonising decisions to make. I realise that I have no clear end-game plan in mind. But clearly to me, the circumstances have changed and some serious decisions have to be made soon.

There are no easy answers. I shall pray for wisdom to make sound decisions. For a start, I shall suspend the practice of distributing my blogposts to all my friends and family for a couple of weeks, and only send to those who ask. Perhaps, that may give me a chance to pause and rethink what truly matters.

William W. K. Tan

12 May 2018

Saturday

9:30 pm

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