Defeat happens, but I can’t give up

“Being defeated is often a temporary condition.  Giving up is what makes it permanent.”

-Marilyn vos Savant

I now understand why people quit after being defeated.  It’s easy.

This week I did something that I could regret for the rest of my life.  It was nothing immoral or illegal (actually it was totally innocent), but it was taken out of context and offended a lot of people.  Though I am one person, I realize a single action can change the course of history, for better or worse.

Since then, my life has been a roller coaster ride mentally.  I’ve gone from the top of the mountain, feeling like I’m contributing to society in every aspect of my life, to the bottom of the valley.  I feel like giving up, quitting, running away, all at the same time.

Normally I like give advice on how to make the world a better place and support to people who need it.  In my typical blog with the subject of perseverance, I would encourage people to fight the good fight and don’t give up, because in order to build better communities, cities, and country, we have to persist through the good and bad times.  I would then use examples of how our ancestors didn’t give up.  When George Washington and the Patriots wanted freedom from Great Britain, they persevered so we can become America.  When Africans were kidnapped from their homeland, enslaved unjustly, and force to stay in oppression, they didn’t give up.  They fought for their freedom so I have a liberty to write this piece.

I can’t write that now.  I don’t have the answers.  All I feel is pain, defeat, and disappointment.  The motivational “pick me up” will not suffice now.  I need something better.  The movement sucks…  Quitting is easy.  The only reason why I haven’t is because I was taught not to.

I need you all to support me.  I need to support you.  We need each other: in the best of times and worst of times.  I fully see how the season of light can turn to the season of darkness so quickly.  Regardless, giving up is easy, but it’s not worth it… We have too much work to do.

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3 responses to “Defeat happens, but I can’t give up

  1. Lyttia Burton

    Just consider yourself blessed to be one of the few that God loves so much that He gave you a vision and the heart to endure these struggles. I’ll be praying for your continued strength.

    If you’re going through hell, keep going. – Winston Churchill

  2. Melanie

    Must never give up Matt. We all make mistakes.

    7 But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” – 2 Chronicles 15:7

    Just gotta learn from them and keep PUSHing (Pray Until Something Happens)

    Praying for you friend! 🙂

  3. A.L.C.

    Matthew L. Houston, I love u so so much! You are a friend, an advisor, and a brother. We all make mistakes, people do and say things they don’t mean, and miscommunications happen. This will blow over and everyone that loves u and cares about u know u mean well ALL THE TIME. you’ve got my support 100%. Continue to feed our minds and spirits with your motivation and tough love.

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