Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Don't Quit!

An all-time favorite poem that I used to repeat during my races in high school, when I felt so tired that maybe I couldn't finish or keep going as fast as I wanted. I just kept repeating some of the lines, especially the third stanza. My mom has had this poem posted on the wall next to the treadmill at home for years. Now I realize how valuable this poem has been to me not only for competitions but also for life in general.

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 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.

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