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Monday 28 February 2011

We Must Always Have Hope!

On reading through my friends' Blogs over the past few days, it has become apparent that several of them are going through quite a hard time at the moment, for one reason or another.

I noticed this poem on another blog, and Bethe77 has very kindly said that I might use it here today.  I hope you like it.


by Edgar A. Guest
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 everyone 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 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 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 when 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,
you must not quit.


Bethe77 said...

So glad you used that poem and are sharing it. It is one of my very favorites. It is such an encouragement. it gives me such hope.
Finally home should be in bed but instead Im up reading and blogging. Sad! But I guess we really do miss our bloggy friends.
So glad you enjoyed some of my previous psot. Especailly the Polly Wolly. It did bring back many joyous memories forme as mom sang that song to us as children.
Hope you have a grand week.

Daydream Living said...

Great poem to start the week, thanks for the share! Maureen
(hope you will feel totally better soon x)

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Yes a great poem to start our week ..I am pleased that you were able to share it with us all .. Take care and hope you feel better very soon. xo

Lyndylou said...

My mum gave me this 20 years ago when I was going through chemo and I often read it especially on the days when I just didn't want to go on.

Shady Del Knight said...

So true, Thisisme. Adversity comes to each and every one of us. We are tested. Quitting guarantees failure. The only choice that makes sense is to summon all available resources and meet our challenges head on. I pray that you are feeling better and stronger day by day, dear Thisisme!

Unknown said...

That is a wonderful poem Thisisme and I will share it with my co-workers and friends. I also hope you are feeling much stronger and will have a wonderful week. I just noticed my button on your page. Thanks for displaying it.

Southhamsdarling said...

Bethe77 - Yes, I think this is a very uplifting poem and I know that there are several people who need these words right now. Thank you for letting me share it!

Daydream Living - Lovely to hear from you! Thank you for the good wishes.

Anne in Oxfordshire - glad you liked the poem!

lyndylou - I am so glad that this poem brought you some comfort when you were going through such an awful time in your life.

Shady - wise words from you, as always, dear friend. Whatever happens, we MUST carry on. There is no alternative really.

Southhamsdarling said...

Odie - I'm so glad you appreciated the poem. I thought it was rather special, especially for those who may be going through tough times at the moment. It was my pleasure to display your Blog Button!

Belle said...

This poem reminds me of Great Britain during WWll who never quit, never gave up and was willing to fight to the last man for freedom. I will never forget the bravery of the British people during that time. Churchill - "Never give up."

Southhamsdarling said...

Belle - that's really lovely that you remember the British people like that during World War 2. My own dear mum was bombed during a Blitz on the City of Plymouth, and my dad came home and found the house completely demolished, with my poor mum amongst the rubble.

LindyLouMac said...

Great words of encouragement for each and every one of us. I believe in being as optimistic as possible in life but it is not always easy to be so.

vintch said...

you're such a giver, and what a beautiful poem. blessing to you today.

Jumble Mash said...

Wonderful words.

flowers on my table said...

Lovely uplifting poem. I have heard it as a song but I don't remember who sang it. Sorry you are not so good, hope you feel better soon. Thankyou for the comments you left on my blog. Yes my client was pleased with the dresser and the nice thing was her 9 year old daughter loved it too, so maybe it will stay in the family. Yes you must paint your pine its so much brighter, and in our climate we need all the brightness we can get! Have a happy day! Linda

Chatty Crone said...

I have read this poem many times and I love it. Your only a quitter is you quit! sandie

jdracecar said...

That is a message we all need to be reminded of! I love seeing the sun coming through the clouds, it always makes me think its a glimpse of heaven on earth! :)

Rebecca said...

i love this poem my mom has a plaque with it on it hanging in her bedroom

Becky said...

Thank you for this poem! You KNOW that I needed it!! ((HUGS)) to you my friend!

Southhamsdarling said...

LindyLouMac - yes, I try to be optimistic as well, but, as you say, it's not always easy.,

vintch - I'm so glad you enjoyed the poem.

Jumble Mash - thank you.

flowers on my table - I'm so glad you liked the poem and, yes, I will definitely re-do that chest of drawers.

Chatty Crone - several of you seem to know of this uplifting poem. I had never read it before, and I really liked it.

jdracecar - I totally agree with you about the sun coming through the clouds. It is just like seeing a spot of heaven.

Becca - That's nice that your mum has a plaque with these words on.

Becky - several people seem to be in need of those words at the moment. Sending you Hugs right back.

Anonymous said...

This is so nice. I have this poem on a bookmark.

Unknown said...

I wish you were my sister. Thank you for posting this and for the kindness in your comment today.

Unknown said...

BEAUTIFUL Poem! I love this! Thank you so much for sharing it!

Teresa said...

so very true... you must not quit! i've learned over the past 4 years that you (i) can get through just about anything if you (i) just don't give up. i love this poem.

Southhamsdarling said...

Jax - It certainly is a lovely poem to have on a Bookmark. All my American friends seem to know it, but I really had never seen it before!

kneesandpaws - yes, would be lovely to have a sister!! I love reading your Blog.

mskanorado - I'm so pleased that you enjoyed the poem!

Teresa - The words really are quite inspirational, aren't they? You are quite right - we must NOT quit - and I know that you, more than anyone, know the real meaning behind those words.

One Woman's Thoughts said...

I agree, a very timely and well spoken poem. I think many of us can relate to it.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a note.

Southhamsdarling said...

One Woman's Thoughts - I agree, that many of us can relate to it. Nice of you to visit my Blog!