We often, as humans, come to a point where the burdens of life wear us so thin, it’s a struggle to get up in the morning, let alone to keep moving. We all must pass through seasons of adversity, but remain hopeful that the season of prosperity will subsequently follow. Recently, I passed (noticed that I said passed through because I made it through the storm) through a wrecking moment and struggled to pick myself back up. But, I did. I got back up. And I know it’s not always an effortless task depending upon the intensity of your storm, but DON’T QUIT!
I learned this poem a couple of years ago during a pivotal time in my life which I believe I may need to revisit this poem everyday until it is ironed in my heart. Maybe you do too.
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.