Monday, January 9, 2012

Don't Quit

I was reminded of this poem today, because we got a catalog in the mail that had a modified version of it.  When I was growing up and living at home, my mom always had a copy of this on a little laminated card tucked into the side of her bedroom mirror, so I knew the real poem was longer (and far better!)   In any event, although I am not feeling at all sad, it's always nice to read this poem.  Besides, a reminder to keep the faith is always welcome!  I hope you enjoy the poem as much as I do.  (And since we've got a little football game going on tonight, Roll Tide!)

          Don't 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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