Friday, August 20, 2010

Don't Quit!

My brother sent me this poem.  I was happily reminded of the good message.  In either 5th or 6th grade one of my teachers (good old Mr. Bandley) assigned this poem for us to memorize.  He'd give us a poem each month to memorize perfectly and if we could receite it with no errors we'd get a candy bar.  I wish my memory was as good as it was 20 + years ago so I could just receite it from memory, but I was really grateful for the message.  So as we all struggle through life's trials an tests remember: "Rest, if you must, but don't you quit!!!"
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don't you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don't give up though the pace seems slow--
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor's cup,
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out--
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit--
It's when things seem worst that you must not quit.

- Author unknown

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