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.
Note: The above poem was hanging on the wall in the first store I ever worked
in, and I pretty much memorized it. I realize it may seem sentimental,
almost corny; but these words have stuck in my head, and helped me at times when
the going got tough. One could do worse than to print out the words and
paste them over one's desk. -- DJMc.
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