“I don’t know what else to do.” A reflection on quitting

So you don’t know what else to do.

You’ve given it your best shot.

Do you give up and leave or stay and keep trying?

At what point is it worth your time?

When do you declare it unsolvable?

Maybe instead of leaving you ask for help.

You say, “What should I do?”

Or, “I’ve done all I know to do. How better can I help you?”

Sometimes there is no alternative.

Most of the time there is.

It’s just a matter of how bad you want to help.

Do you genuinely want to act?

Do you sincerely desire to listen patiently to get to the core of the problem?

Time, patience, and perseverance – they say- will accomplish all things.

The question, then, is have you really given it your best shot? Or have you decided it’s no longer worth the effort?