Hello from beautiful Montana;
I recently came across this little poem that I had written out (not written, the author is anonymous) for our daughter Faith when she was in high school soccer. She was discouraged and contemplating quitting the team, who according to her, did not appreciate her unique talent and abilities etc. etc.
As parents, we knew that "This too shall pass." Sometimes in life you get to be the goalie, sometimes you get to warm the bench and sometimes your job is to pick up after everyone else. Sometimes you get applause. Sometimes you get ignored. Sometimes you get kicked in the face. Life is not always fair, but it does get better if you don't quit.
When things go wrong as they sometimes will
When the road you're trudging seems all up hill
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 failure turns about
When he/she might have won had he/she stuck it out
Don't give up though the pace seems slow
You may succeed with another blow.
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.
I hope you enjoyed this little poem. It helped our daughter hang in there when the going was tough and eventually she got the opportunity to play and did very well.
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Judy H. Wright aka Auntie Artichoke, family relationship coach and author