Don’t Quit

10 02 2012

I remember the first time I read this encouraging poem.  I was a young businessman and going through the trials and tribulations of reorganizing a business in an area that was known for being habitually economically challenged.  Somebody left it hanging on the front door of my apartment.  I still don’t know who parked it there but it was a gift.

It kept me going.

Perhaps this is what you need today.  Here it is:

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When 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 if he’d 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 afar;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit –
It’s when things seem worst that you mustn’t quit.

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4 responses

10 02 2012
David Kanigan

“The sliver tint of the clouds of doubt.” Loved this poem Christian. Thanks for sharing. Dave

10 02 2012
Christian Fahey

It is a good message to keep on keeping on. Thank you for reading, David. You are an inspiration.

11 02 2012
Paul Gorelick

Chris, I read all of your posts, “The Upside.” After finishing the poem, I said to myself, wow. Whoever penned it takes himself from the depths of degradation to a bright sunny day. You know the way my mind works. After reading it, the first thing I thought of was, “you’ve got to have heart, miles and miles and miles of heart, when the odds are saying you’ll never win, that’s when the grin should start, first you’ve got to have heart.” I think that is an apt line which encompasses the entire thought process he was going through. From the depths of degradation to a sunny day. Maybe, he saw, “Damn Yankees”, which gave him the inspiration to write it. Paul

11 02 2012
Christian Fahey

Thanks Paul! The person who wrote this encouraging bit of poetry had no doubt reached deep when they were in a tough place. Side note: A year ago I was preparing to play in the pit for “Damn Yankees” with favorites like “You’ve Gotta Have Heart” and “Near To You.” Now I’m preparing to play in the hilarious comedy “Little Shop of Horrors.” It will be a lot of fun!

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