When giving up just isn’t an option!

I can’t tell you how many times I have started something, all excited and enthusiastic and then after 3 weeks lost interest.  I do it time and time again !..so why do I do it?

I used to blame my Gemini personality ..flitting from thing to thing ..or is my lack of confidence, not believing in myself and when it gets tough,                       I let myself believe I will fail anyway  ..so what is the point ?

No,  I think that it is just plain self-discipline ..something that I haven’t had enough of in the past .

All the times that I have started projects and then not seen them through ..if I had continued on those paths would I be at the top of the hill now? ..quite possibly!

So here it is …no more turning back, backing out or just giving up ..no more shiny pennies to go chasing ..determination and discipline !

A friend posted this poem recently that I thought I would share:

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 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 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.

– Author unknown

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Amanda Louw
    Jul 04, 2010 @ 21:01:39

    Hi Karen,

    Thank you so much for these very true words. This is definitely how I sometimes feel about the new things we start to do. But this time there is just no turning back for us. We must make this work! There are just no other way. We burned all our bridges.
    Would you mind if we use the poem, we would like to use it in our “newsletter”.


  2. Sarah Outspoken
    Sep 11, 2010 @ 10:47:37

    We used to have this poem in big writing on our dining room wall when I was growing up. It’s on the best poems ever written!


  3. carol
    Sep 24, 2010 @ 20:27:52

    excellent words and so so true Karen – thanks for sharing
    carol :)x


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