I think I was doomed at a young age to have an affinity for inspirational sayings. Is doomed the correct word here?
I can’t remember where I found it but, when I was a Freshman in high school I carried a laminated business card with a poem on it. It was about the only thing I had in my wallet back then as a matter of fact. It was a red and blue corduroy Ocean Pacific, Velcro wallet. I carried it for years and years. The lamination curled until it fell off. Then unprotected, the printing started to wear off until I must have thought it to be useless and threw it away. In other words, I quit carrying it. Ironic. But that shouldn’t count.
When I first read it, it kinda spoke to me I guess. I remember feeling emboldened and ready to face life’s challenges. This poem also tapped my optimistic side – good things are just around the corner.
When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you are 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 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 struck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow;
You may well 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 of the clouds of doubt.
And you never can tell how close you are
If may be near, when it seems afar.
So stick to the fight when you are hardest hit,
It is when things seem worst you must not quit