Sunday, February 21, 2016

When Things Go Wrong

Have you ever heard of the poem, 'Don't Quit'?  I have it posted beside my computer.  It goes like this (see for the poem):

Don't Quit
When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all up hill,
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,
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.

- Actual author unknown...
but MIGHT be Edgar A. Guest

Have you ever felt like this, that you just can't continue working hard for something, so you want to quit?  I get that with EVERY BOOK I WRITE.  No kidding.  I wonder what makes me finish.  When I'm done, I'm proud of what I've accomplished, knowing that in the middle of the thing, I was actually going through the help wanted ads, figuring flipping burgers was more my calling than writing this book.

The next time you want to quit, just realize: 'And many a failure turns about; when he might have won had he stuck it out;.'  Just stick it out.  Success may be just around the corner.

Have a great week!
Markee/SweetTale Books


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