Quitting isn’t an option

28 Day Blog Challenge – Day 16

Having entered the second half of my 28 Day blog challenge life seems to have thrown a couple of curve balls, causing the daily output of posts to be more of a challenge. I’m not complaining, as it’s driven the focus for today’s post.

It’s very tempting to quit, especially when unexpected challenges come your way … and they do! It’s how you deal with them that counts. What you planned to do may now have to be changed; perhaps try a different route. See it as feedback rather than failure! Goals should regularly be reviewed and adapted to accommodate any challenges. The important thing is that you don’t give up.

If you find yourself in need of a bit of inspiration, or a morale boost, here’s a poem I like to re-read from time to time. It keeps me going when things get tough!

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 everyone 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!

(Author unknown)

For the full version (all 4 verses) see here

Where do you get your inspiration from when the going gets tough?

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2 Responses to “Quitting isn’t an option”

  1. Russell Says:

    Nice poem about being overworked.

    It’s when things feel like they are getting a bit too philosophical, theoretical, dare I say it pedagogical, that I decide to read over ‘The Tables Turned’ by Wordsworth. It reminds me to look at life’s bigger picture.

    Sweet is the lore which Nature brings;
    Our meddling intellect
    Mis-shapes the beauteous forms of things:–
    We murder to dissect.

    Full poem: http://www.bartleby.com/145/ww134.html

  2. squaretwocoaching Says:

    Thanks for your comments Russell.

    I enjoyed your additional poetry suggestion. I’d not read that particular Wordsworth poem before, and it’s worth following your link to read the full version. I took from it that real life has more to offer than books, although the latter have their place!

    Regards, Debbie

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