When I was in high school, someone gave me a Dollar Store picture frame with this saccharine bit of cliched poetry it it. Other than the Serenity Prayer, I don’t think there was anything she could have given me that was more obvious or hackneyed.
Still. That she cared enough to make the statement has remained in my memory all these years, as has the poem. Not all have the gift of words, some only have the gift of gestures.
I frequently feel like giving up. I am doing something unorthodox, darlings, and I’m fighting against the reality that people don’t want the orthodox; not generally. It is easier to just immerse yourself in someone else’s life as they share it plainly with a simple anecdote.
That’s not for me, darlings, but more on that soon. I am preparing to share more of myself with you than I ever have before, and today that feels like a desperate, last-ditch effort, if you’ll forgive me my insecure pessimism.
If you, like me, feel like giving up on a regular basis, then hold fast to even the smallest of encouragements — sometimes it’s the little things that make it all worthwhile.
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
Whe 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 in the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It might be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit –
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.