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.
- Unknown Author
YPs this is one of Jameka Vereen’s favorite poems shared with YPBlogSpot about during her interview and I simply love the motivational nature of this poem. The message of the poem is to never quit hence the title. A lot of people do not realize how close they are to success and they quit just before they reach ‘Successville’. It’s simple YPs, see it through and finish what you start regardless of a failed or successful outcome. There are lessons to be learned through failure and success therefore either outcome will provide growth. YPs, you never want to say “What if or what could have been, etc.,” because you never finished what you started. This is a poem you may want to print out and post on your wall to remind you “Don’t Quit” and share with your children, family and friends. Enjoy and special thanks to the unknown author and Jameka.
YPRuck, Young Professionals Writer