I see so many of us struggling with everyday issues such as money worries, worried about their business, children and just life in general. Some friends I know on here are struggling and I thought of this poem. It has been around forever and we get so caught up in our worries and grief that we tend to forget it. When I was doing a search for this I found this on another site and thought the introduction about where the person saw this poem and what it meant to the people of the tiny village of Monkey River Town, Belize C.A. I thought it appropriate to share this and maybe it will give us all hope that yes we can rebuild our lives after loosing our spouse/partner:
The tiny village of Monkey River Town, Belize may not be the spot one normally looks to find motivation. But, it was in a tiny restaurant in precisely that exotic and remote location while preparing for a boat trip on the eponymous river that I came across the poem entitled “Don’t Quit.” The author of this poem is unknown but the words are powerful and can provide true inspiration and motivation.
According to Wikipedia, Monkey River Town had a population of approximately 200 mostly Creole villagers as of 2011. In 2001, Hurricane Iris blew through Monkey River Town and the 145 mph winds destroyed most of the village, banana crop and Howler Monkey population. While the monkey population has significantly recovered the remaining villagers have looked to this poem for motivation and encouragement to rebuild and renew.
It is inevitable that in life there will be obstacles to overcome. Whether the challenge is physical, emotional or behavioral it is how we respond to these challenges that will determine ultimate success or failure. Zig Ziglar said, “Motivation is the spark that lights the fire of knowledge and fuels the engine of accomplishment. It maximized and maintains momentum.” Perhaps the “Don’t Quit Poem" can provide you with the motivation to begin moving towards your aspirations.
The juxtaposition of time, place, history and the following words are incredibly powerful:
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 quit.
Life is strange with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a fellow 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 fair and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor's cup,
And he learned too late when night came 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.