You Can Do It!

by Sherry Riter in Travel

Jamestown island formed many thousands of years ago from a series of shoals along the James River. When colonists arrived in 1607, an isthmus connected the island to the mainland, and a “paradise” of virgin hardwoods covered the land. By 1800, the isthmus had eroded, and the forest had been cleared for farming. Today the loop road around the island affords views of the James River, the marshes and the regenerating forest.

Jamestown Island map

The settlers who came to this country were faced with many hardships. If they had not been determined to stay in this land, I would not be sitting in front of a computer in a country called the United States of America.

This week a huge number of employees lost their jobs. I watch the news and it is scary and depressing. My job is still currently intact, but no one is immune to the steady decline of the financial hardships now facing this country.

Remember that YOU are fantastic and that your job is a portion of your life…it doesn’t define you. Don’t give up! This hardship will pass and when you reach the other side of it, you can be a better person.

Life is frequently a struggle. I think Ben Stein makes a good point:

“It is inevitable that some defeat will enter even the most victorious life. The human spirit is never finished when it is defeated… it is finished when it surrenders.”

Don’t surrender today. You can do anything if you just don’t give up! Run down the unknown path with vigor, hope and perseverance!

dirt road in the middle of lush green trees

Thomas Paine once said, “The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.”

If you can’t take one day at a time, take one hour and if that is too much, take one minute at a time. Allow yourself space. Don’t overwhelm your mind. Relax. Let peace enter your mind to speak comfort. You can do it!

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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

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1 Little Lady Cakes May 30, 2009 at 10:46 pm

Very uplifting post.

Thank you for writing this!


2 Always a Southern Girl May 30, 2009 at 11:19 pm

I love the Jamestown area! My husband and I were fortunate enough to spend a whole month in the Virginia Pennisula region. It’s a Beautiful area.

You’re exactly right, our jobs do not define us. I know quite a few people who have lost their jobs, my hubby is one of them. But we are doing the American thing and starting our own business.

Great post.


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