This poem has been with me for years and I continue to recite it through my head when I am faced with a challenge. It was first introduced to me when I was about eleven years old from a great friend on my gymnastics team. Back then, perfecting a new skill was the most challenging part of my life, now the list is endless! I hope that you all enjoy this and hold on to it like I have.
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 it’s 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.
Often a goal is nearer then,
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have capture 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 so far,
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit–
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.