“Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”
-Harriet Beecher Stowe
Harriet Beecher Stowe was a famous and inspirational woman. She was an abolitionist and writer. Her most acclaimed work, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, is still studied in schools nationwide and even internationally. To read more about Harriet Beecher Stowe, check out her very own biography post.
In this quotation, Stowe encourages us to not give up, but doesn’t end there. Usually, we hear the ever-so inspirational, “Don’t give up, keep on going!” But, the problem is, we often can’t find the motivation to persevere through whatever hardship is coming at us. Here, Stowe provides that motivation. She points out that the breaking point of a situation, meaning the point at which you feel absolutely cannot go on any further, is often the point in which the situation changes. When you feel like you’ve hit the absolute lowest point, the only place to go after that is up. For instance, take the physical example of running a marathon. As a runner, I can tell you the hardest part is right around the half-way point. You feel so exhausted with burning calves and tired arms. It honestly feels like you couldn’t take another step. But, when you keep going and manage to get past that half-way point, you slowly realize the number of miles you have left is getting shorter. Somehow, it becomes easier after that low point because you can count down the number of miles you have till the finish line, and the adrenaline kicks in. Therefore, remember when you feel like you cannot even take one more step, physically or mentally, to keep on going. Because as Harriet Beecher Stowe proclaims, “that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”