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6 April 2011


There are days when we all could do with a bit of a lift, a hand up or an armful of a cuddles.When things look bad we tend to forget the good things and when things are good we never remember the bad. A stumbled across a quote by Winston Churchill and a poem which says it all for me.

The Don't Quit Poem 
Author Unknown

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.

These are going up on my wall above my desk, so tell me, where do you get your inspiration from and the energy to keep going?

Don't Think Just Write


Jany said...

I`ve had that very poem "When things..." hanging on my notice board next to my desk for years, and often read it when things are rough.

I also take heart from a Dutch saying my granddad wrote in album for me:
"Omhoog gaan eist een actief mens" which means as much as
"to get on, you have to get up!" A useful thought, esp. when faced with an irresistible urge to procrastinate...

Louise Charles said...

Procrastinate I think must be my middle name! Love your granddad's saying Jany, another for the notice board!

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Braffie said...

This really is a great post. I love this poem...and I have used it several times - once even very recently - in the times that are a little tough...