Thursday, February 4, 2010

Don't Quit

I'm not feeling well emotionally the last couple of days. Things seem to be moving at a snails pace, some things seem to not be moving at all, some huge disappointments have occurred. I read this quote I was given while in rehab, by my mother, oddly enough, and I carry it with me wherever I go and whenever I feel like this I read it; which fortunately isn't often, but it's happening in a big way this morning.

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 strange 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 may succeed with another blow.

Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you can never 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. Author Unknown

The big book talks about "trudging the road to happy destiny". Life was never promised to be easy, but I know this alcoholic often thought it should be easier than the Mount Everest path I chose. In order to avoid the hard challenges, I drank. I haven't done that for almost three years now, life has gotten easier in many respects, and more challenging in others. "The long period of reconstruction" of a life completely destroyed by alcohol is not simple, but I still have to believe, in the end, it will be worth it.

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