Lesson 12: Never give up. Never think life is not worth living. I don't care how hard it gets. An old proverb reminds: "When you get to your wit's end, remember that God lives there." Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote that when you get into a "tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn." Hang in with life. Hand in for what you believe is right even if every other soul is going a different way. Don't give in to cynicism or despair or dismiss as unsolvable the great challenges of peace or nuclear survival, racial division, poverty, and environmental devastation.
Sissela Bok, in her Alva Myrdal: A Life, quotes the Nobel Peace laureate: "I know only two things for certain. One is that we gain nothing by walking around the difficulties and merely indulging in wishful thinking. The other is that there is always something one can do oneself. In the most modest form, this means: to study, to try to sort out different proposals, and weigh the effect of proposed solutions--even if they are only partial solutions. Otherwise there would be nothing left but to give up. And it is not worthy of human beings to give up. . . . The greatness of being human. . . lies in not giving up, in not accepting one's own limitations." A little saying I picked up in a convent I visit sometimes echoes her feelings: "God never meant to make life easy, he meant to make men and women great"--like Alva Myrdal.