"Don't Quit": The poem that got me through many a hard time... / by Shanelle Gabriel

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 strange 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.

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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My mom had this poem displayed in the house while growing up. I didn't notice it until one day I was going through it, and I looked up and saw it. I really SAW what the poem was trying to tell me. From then on, every time I walked past the poem I'd read it and meditate on it.