When I was younger, my mom introduced me to this poem:
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When 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 if he’d 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 afar;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit –
It’s when things seem worst that you mustn’t quit.
It’s become a mantra of sorts. Something that lifts me up when I’m feeling down. Something that reminds me that success may be just around the corner.
We all have days where we feel less than our best. Days where we feel downright terrible and sometimes even hopeless. But no matter how far down and out you may be, there’s always a way out. There’s always a reason to continue persevering. There’s always a light at the end of the tunnel.
I just wanted to pass this along for anyone else who might need it today.
Hang in there! Your rainbow is waiting for you!