Sunday, August 2, 2009

Don't Quit!

I love poems and quotes. I used to memorize them all of the time. I would practice writing them right-handed (I'm a lefty.) whenever I would get bored in church or at meetings. I have forgotten a lot of them, but like music, sometimes they come to me as answers to prayers at certain moments. I like this one, and it came to me today. I am feeling a little frustrated with life.
DON'T QUIT - 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 fellow 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 came down
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out -
The silver tint to the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar,
So stick to the light when you're hardest hit -
It's when things seem worst that you mustn't quit.

I feel weary. The road seems all uphill (right now), and goodness gracious, I would love a rest. Today, it all seems so far... so much to do... and I feel so tired of doing it.

Fortunately (or unfortunately - it actually has worked both ways), I have a very hard time letting myself quit. Today is a day I am grateful for my ability to push on when things seem worst.


  1. Jen, I LOVE this.... Thank you for posting, and forgive me now if I ever pull this out of the hat at any point down the road..

  2. This is a favorite poem of mine as well.