Sunday, October 28, 2012


This is your life. Life is short.
This is your life. Life is short. (Photo credit: pragmatic_pete)
Ever heard of Holstee? They are a design and production company focusing on offering "mindful shoppers, meaningful products." They began with a few young men creating recycled Tee Shirts. But, while Holstee has great products, it was their mission statement known as the Holstee Manifesto that resounded with millions and millions of people, myself included.

There is one line that says, "If you don't like your job, quit." Now most people would say that is easier said than done but I believe it is a practical and empowering statement. Yes, you must have a means to pay your bills but in reality a job is one thing you can choose. You may not always be able to change other circumstances in your life like your health or your age but you can make choices about your job and I submit perhaps quitting many things could actually improve our lives and make our situations more positive and thriving. 

So for some, Holstee's admonishment to "just quit" might relate to your job but I also think we should quit the following:

1) Quit comparing ourselves to someone else. Hands down this is not only destructive behavior but downright ridiculous. We were made to be unique. We have unique footprints, unique DNA, we need to realize we were meant to be just ourselves and not some cloned "wannabee".
If you're tired of drama in your life, just qu...
If you're tired of drama in your life, just quit being the actor. (Photo credit: deeplifequotes)

2)Quit making excuses. Own your behavior. If you procrastinate or have a temper or are quick to judge; own it. Once you own it you can change it but as long as you keep making excuses you will always be owned by your behavior  rather than the other way around.

3) Quit adding to your regrets. There will always be baggage, mistakes, missed opportunities...learn and move on. Quit being held hostage by the past.

4) Quit listening to everyone else. Yes, there might be some great advice you miss. But if you can't hear your own heart due to everyone else's opinion, it is time to shut out the din and go discover what you love.

5) Quit saying you don't need help. No man is an island. Be a giver and a receiver. No one can do it alone.

6) Quit saying you wish you had and start saying you're glad you did.

7) Quit living someone else's dream.

8) Quit spending time with people who bring you down or sabotage your life.If you don't enjoy the time you spend with people, quit sharing a commodity you can't replace(time). 

9) Quit saying something is your passion and start acting as though it is. If you want to write, start a blog, if you want to design, make cards or costumes or whatever you love to make, if you want to teach something, develop a webinar online, if you say your passionate about animals, rescue one,if you feel passionate about victims develop a strategy or campaign to help someone in need but a passion is only an idea unless you really act on it.

Holstee says, "Life is short. Live your dream and share your passion."

I say, 10)"Don't quit your mission, quit the things that prevent you from achieving it.
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  1. What a fantastic list of things to quit, Kathy. I'm especially love the one on passion! I'm going to be recalling that often.

  2. Thanks for your kind words, Corinne. I have some I definitely need to recall and quit as well!

  3. Wonderful post! If this isn't the secret to happiness, it sure is close.

    1. why thank you so much. Now, If we could all remember this when we feel overwhelmed. Many thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  4. Amen, Kathy!!! We all need to quit anything and everything that sabotages our existence and our passion. We need to follow our dreams in faith, learn from our lessons, and leave the past right there - in the past!
    Beautiful inspiration which I will share to Facebook.
    Blessings, my friend!

    1. Martha,
      So very grateful for your kind words and sharing it on Facebook. You are too kind.

  5. Kathy, this is one of your best posts and so timely! I am wrestling with the idea of retiring from my job. The question is: where to go next? Sharing this!

    1. Thanks, Lynne. I think we associate the word, "quitting" negatively in our society and yet anytime we must quit the decision can have a domino effect. Wrestling with the big retirement question is major. Follow your heart and it will become clearer.

  6. What a great list of things we should quit! Not sure about the job...My husband would love to quit his but honestly can't get another one right now so he's kind of stuck. I think sometimes it is much easier said than done in this economy. But everything else on the list was great! Sometimes its just fine to be a "quitter"!:)

    1. Couldn't agree with you more, Jessica. Thanks for your time and commenting..

  7. Number 5 is what I'm trying to learn!

  8. Nikky,
    I just wrote a newsletter article about being "needy". I think we think of needing assistance as a bad concept but really doesn't the world just work better when we give and take? I also found most people love it when you tell them how they can help. So make #5 your mission and quit telling yourself you can go it alone.
    Thanks for dropping by and sharing your thoughts.