Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Don't Quit

I am an eternal optimist. Irritating eh? I can usually see the bright side of anything. The funny thing about my certain brand of optimism is that when something goes bad, I always think of the worst case scenario. This can also be a type of optimism though, since things rarely turn out as bad as I imagine them. When it seems like no agent or editor will ever give me the time of day, or when I can never seem to edit my own work to a satisfactory level, worst case scenario creeps up. All the plots and stories I imagine will never have a chance to materialize, and I'll never be able to share them with anyone. -Motivation is like bathing, it never lasts. That's why we must do it daily.- Zig Ziggler Here is a poem I didn't write myself, but it keeps me relentlessly determined: 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 might have won had he stuck it out; Don't give up, though the pace seems slow - You might succeed with another blow. 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. - Unknown -

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