When things go wrong, what motivates you?

by Catherine DeAngelis

When I was growing up I always had a book of poetry and words of inspiration by my side to read. Heck even the dictionary played a part in how I shared words day to day. To this day, I still find the words to bring me light and courage to keep me moving in the direction of my life’s work. This is one of my most favorite verses and I thought I’d share it to celebrate the first day of October.

What motivates you when things go wrong?

Smiling Woman


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 s/he might have won if s/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 wo/man;

Often the struggler has given up

When s/he might have captured the victor’s cup,

And s/he learned too late, when the night slipped down,

How close s/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.

– by Author Unknown

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