A highlight from #175 Terry Hershey: On Serial Quitting
Hi paul so paul. We are recording the last episode of two thousand twenty today. Now you know we're thinking that's great. That's two thousand and twenty. But you know i. I've got this fear that january one two thousand and twenty one is not going to be all that different than than december thirty first of two thousand twenty but we shall see and and today what i wanna do is i want to chat with our good friend. Terrier she about beginnings and endings Part of it has to do at t s eliot and his poetry from his One of his most famous poet. Poetry books Four quartets and from the second poem east coker and he writes erector reprinted. A repeated refrain. That is In my beginning is my in in my in my end is the beginning of all new things and and and and he writes that that ends are good. That is good to in something and begin. Something new but I'll tell you for endings for quitting. Quitting things is a very loaded concert. A concert concept in the american lexicon with our american sex excess orientation quitting means your somehow lacking and and. I'm not sure. I'm i'm ready to buy all that and that's what i wanna to talk to terry about. So let's see. What terry has to say about quitting. And how many And how that may relate to a series of new beginnings new endings. Yo hirsch what's up. Charles good good to hear from the which which one of us is quitting. Well i thought about it several times. But i but i think about quitting all the time. I'm i'm a i'm a. We'll get into it. But i'm a serial quitter that's why i've had seven or eight careers because i get point. Where and we'll talk about. Why is time for me to move on But before we get really deep into our subject you're in the middle of new beginning. Are you not. I left the island where i lived for thirty two years and home that i built to move to on another town still much in washington very different. I moved from five acres and several dwellings on the property to a condo. That's kind of a change Yeah when you look change up in the victory. There's a picture of my condo not a picture of your house in your garden. it kinda changes. I it's interesting changes about what the news well. But part of this thing about the quitting thing. There's so many ways to frame quitting because changed another words. The circumstances of my life changed and there were Ingredients there were reasons that invited me to make that change and one of the big things for me was whether i was going to get on board with that or whether i was just gonna be at the mercy of whatever happened in a part of me wanted to be at the mercy of it in a sense the quitter part of me was. I just didn't wanna care. You know whatever happened happened. Well at some point i had to literally give it to him and so the part of me says they irony the part of me. That didn't want to quit on other words. Whatever the new beginnings were had to literally quit one way of life for another way life. Does that make sense. Yeah that makes that makes total sense. And what you would what you're doing is you're you're as you said i'm just paraphrasing. You're changing one lifestyle for another and the one lifestyle is the one that you had developed nurtured and built over. Gosh what forty years. Yeah and and now. I mean your garden were so essential to you and now not having gardens. You know that that and and you know you're different spaces in your home's That is a change that is a change and and that was a conscious choice but just you yeah. Essential so right. 'cause i'm thinking out loud about all this sits. Quitting part of me was really the one that wanted to shut down and not processed rather than ask. Where do i find essential in other words. That was the invitation question.