Thursday, November 14, 2013

Q is for Don't QUIT

Some times, it seems no matter how much I try, I just can't become successful in my endeavors. I've been struggling with losing the last 10 pounds for over a year and a half now. Last week, I was ready to walk off the job, because I cannot be everything to everyone and end up getting in trouble. I sometimes wonder "Why bother?" Why bother trying; it seems I will only fail. I feel like I'll never become employee of the year, and I rather doubt I can reach my goal weight anytime soon.  There are other areas, but these are the biggies right now.

Then I remembered about this poem, and Googled it. Such sage advice! 

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.

G. Haughey

Maybe I can do this.  

Have you had a victory just after wanting to quit? 
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  1. I'm in the midst of being hit with many things at once and tempted to quit. Praying a victory is just around the corner.

    1. I will be praying for you. You can get through this!

  2. Great reminder! Had never seen that poem before, but it's definitely a keeper.
    Thanks, Barb - and praying for your "home stretch." :)

  3. Yes, a book contract! :)
    I'm totally with you on the weight loss, Ms. Barbie. Can't seem to shake these last 10 lbs. Maybe we could do this together? <3

    1. Yay for your book contract! Sure- let's try together!

  4. I had forgotten about this poem, Barb. So very good to see it here!! =] I love it!!
    (and your version of Q is GREAT!! *grin*) Yes, This is a fantastic reminder!! Thank you!! =] Needed this now. =]


    1. Thanks Patty. Yes, your days are tough but you will overcome. We know that, but it's so hard while going through the pain.

  5. Great poem! I love it. But isn't Edgar Guest the poet? I'm not familiar with G. Haughey. Love it, though! I know of an athlete that used it to motivate him to keep going. Very inspiring!

    1. Karla, in my research, the majority of sites said the poem was anonymous and then I found a site that attributed G. Haughey as the author. That's the only citation I could find.

  6. Sometimes I think God is blessing during a time when I'm looking for another specific blessing, but I don't notice it because I'm so focused on that specific goal of mine. I frequently pray that I won't miss out on enjoying what is good that's going on now.

    1. Good point-kind of like when I'm so wrapped up in photographing an event, I fail to actually participate in the activity.


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