I felt that this was appropriate for the new year. So many times have I started something and never finish it out. So many times am I left wondering what would have happened if I followed through with what I started. This poem is simple but direct, see what you started through. I love that these timeless poems hit home even today. Enjoy.
“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 sign,
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 might succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Oftern the struggler has give up
When he might have captured the victor’s cup
And he learned to late, when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out-
The sliver 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.”