Quitting or Quitter?

Quitting or Quitter?

There comes a time in each person’s life when they are faced with the question, “I want to quit — but will I be a quitter?”  From the time we are in Little League until our bodies prevent us from competing, we are constantly reminded that quitting is a sin.  It is so ingrained in us that I sometimes wonder, “Does it take more courage to quit, than to stay on the unwanted path?”

On the eve of the July 4th weekend, Sarah Palin stunned the news media and most Americans by not only announcing that she would not seek re-election, but would also resign as the Governor of Alaska.  In one part of her statement, she lamented:

 “If I have learned one thing: LIFE is about choices!”

“And one chooses how to react to circumstances. You can choose to engage in things that tear down, or build up. I choose to work very hard on a path for fruitfulness and productivity. I choose NOT to tear down and waste precious time; but to build UP this state and our country, and her industrious, generous, patriotic, free people!”

“Life is too short to compromise time and resources… it may be tempting and more comfortable to just keep your head down, plod along, and appease those who demand: “Sit down and shut up”, but that’s the worthless, easy path; that’s a quitter’s way out. And a problem in our country today is apathy. It would be apathetic to just hunker down and ‘go with the flow’.”

In the days since this startling announcement, Governor Palin’s words have been dissected, trisected and mutilated by commentators, reporters and bloggers.  What has changed so much in our society that when someone of  national prominence makes a statement, we immediately look for the hidden agenda, the shoe that’s going to drop next or the skeleton in the closet?  Can’t someone go on television and just tell the truth?

I, for one, believe that the reason Sarah Palin is resigning is exactly the reason she gave in her statement.  And, I will cling to this belief until she says different or does something that betrays her intentions.

Good luck Sarah Palin and Godspeed. ♣