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 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.
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 so far,
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit–
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.
Life, as we know, is not just about rainbows and sunshine – it is also filled with clouds and rain. It is not surprising and strange that we encounter ups and downs in life especially in our journey to finding ourselves and searching for our passions.
Sometimes life makes us also feel as if the road we’re taking has been a long and winding one, leading us to nowhere but to farther places from our destination. But it is through these moments that we must continue because it is when we are lost that we discover ourselves. Sometimes we experience endless defeats and bitter failures. But it is during these times that we should persist because no one else knows how close we are to reaching our goals, and by giving up means having no place forward – no chances of succeeding. Sometimes we feel tired, weary, and depressed. But it is through these days that we should never stop because victory and success are so much sweeter after a series of hardship.
As we struggle amidst difficulties, problems, and challenging events in life, we sometimes get enthralled by the thoughts of giving up. But that is a shallow and weak choice to take – it brings us to more dreadful consequences. Though it may seem too slow, carrying on and giving a little more will take us to a possibility of surmounting it all.
More often than not, people who have given up regret the chances they didn’t take and the paths they didn’t keep; because then he realizes that he could have gotten the prize. If we fail, lose, fail, lose, fail, and then quit, life will just press us down to lower heights. But if we try harder and continue, try harder and continue, it heightens our possibilities to higher places in life.
Life is a constant means for us to learn. We best learn from our mistakes, miseries, difficulties, failures, and misfortunes. Although it drags us down to our limits, making us feel uncertain and doubtful of ourselves, we have to keep in mind that these are all temporary states taking us to something or some place better – encouraging us to rest for sometime and then to go beyond stronger than ever. That is why when we are faced by these adversaries, we must take on the challenge and never ever quit.