As this is the start of the 2nd week in January, many have already given up on their New Year’s Resolutions. But for those of you who are still following through on your goals, I thought you might like some motivation.
This is a poem I came across many years ago. It was on the refrigerator of a race-walking friend in Kalamazoo who had just died in a car crash. She was a young vibrant woman who left a husband and a small son. I don’t know if this poem has stuck with me because of the circumstances of how I found it or the words of the poem itself, perhaps both. Nonetheless, I thought some of you might find this poem holds inspiration for you to keep on going.
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.
LOOK GREAT| FEEL GREAT | DO GREAT!