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March 7

   "I'm trying, but nothing seems to work". Have I heard that statement before, or even uttered it myself?
   I've seen situations where someone gave a challenge a half-hearted try, then gave up in discouragement. I could see that the situation was far from hopeless, but no matter how much I tried to point this out, all I got back in return were more pleas of despair.
   What have I given up on after a half-hearted try in our relationship? Have I given up saying something about a particular problem because I already told my SO about it once, and feel I shouldn't have to repeat myself again?
   When I don't give a challenge all the effort I can, I'm the one robbing myself, no matter how much I blame others. I rob myself of happy moments, as I carry my despair and bitterness around with me. I rob myself of my belief in myself, because each "impossible" challenge feeds my mistaken belief that life is being unfair to me, when in reality, I'm being unfair to myself.

Just for Today
   Today I'll look at a problem with my SO that I've been tempted to give up on, and see if I can get some fresh insight, maybe by talking it out with someone. I'll remember that I have something important to learn and gain in searching for answers.
   Like finding buried treasure, I don't know how long I have to dig before I hit paydirt. I do know that if I throw the shovel away, the treasure will stay buried forever.

In all human affairs there are efforts, and there are results, and the strength of effort is the measure of the results. - James Allen

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