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Keep on keeping on

ILIS!” “Konti na lang!” “Kaya mo iyan!” “Go, go, go!” Which athletic event comes to your mind?

In a marathon, you don’t hear spectators saying “Boo!” or “Ah, wala, wala, wala!” No taunting or teasing, only encouraging words.

If a runner looks back to see how others fare, it will merely slow the athlete down and prevent him/her from winning.

Are you worried about a lot of things? Do you find it hard to focus on the task at hand? Cheer yourself with the words spectators tell runners: “Konti na lang!” (Konting tiis na lang!) “Go, go, go!” Just do what you can, and keep pressing toward the finish line. Never check how others are faring, and never entertain discouraging thoughts and remarks.

Didn’t people laugh at the Wright brothers’ dream of developing a flying machine? Orville and Wilbur Wright kept on – and they achieved “the first powered, sustained, and controlled airplane flight” (history.com).

Don’t get sidetracked. Finish the race. Keep on keeping on.

You will not accomplish your goals in life if you will always mind what people think about you. You don’t have to explain the things you do. You are not even required to update them of your progress – and it does not matter if they think that what you do is not important.

How’s your journey? An old poem says, “Rest if you must, but don’t you quit”.

“Quitters never win and winners never quit.”

Believe in yourself and fix your eyes on your goal. Keep on keeping on!

More inspiring tips are found in my book, “Hope Boosters for Fired up Souls”. Copies are available at selected branches of National Book Store and Pandayan Bookshop.

Marilyn Arayata: inspirational author, columnist, and speaker, your partner in preventing bullying, depression and suicide. E-mail inspire.equip@gmail.com. (Marilyn C. Arayata)