I was cleaning our sons room the other day when I came across the poem, “Don’t Quit”. This poem holds special meaning to my family. This poem was given to me upon graduating high school and again after my college graduation. This poem was passed to my sister during her battle with brain cancer and to my Mom as she battled non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. We have also provided it to extended family and friends as they struggle with the storminess of life. While cleaning the room, the framed version on the wall caught my eye. I had not read this poem in a long time. But sitting down and re-reading it, many memories came back to me. It serves as a reminder to me that we must stay positive and keep focused on our goals. Life is hard. There is no question about it. Many people are stunned and saddened by the recent death of Robin Williams. That event confirms that the struggles we face in life are not cured by fame and fortune. Many of us are looking for something more and trying to reach the potential we have within us to become a better person, better husband or wife, better friend, or just better. Nobody knows what life has in store for us, all we can do is cherish each moment, whether good or bad, and learn from those experiences. We must continue to move forward and discover the good that exists in the world. If we have trouble finding the good, then we must provide it for others! Achieving the goals we set for ourselves requires dedication, commitment and hard work. I encourage you to take some time and read the poem. Let it sink in and see how it speaks to you…..
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seem all uphill,
When the funds are low and 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.
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.
Keep moving forward and always remember that you hold the keys to the changes you want to achieve. Believe in yourself and trust your instincts. There are no failures, only opportunities to learn more about ourselves and about life. We are always searching for the next right answer to the questions life throws at us! Enjoy the journey!
It’s Your Life. It’s Your Health. Make That Change!