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by John Greenfield Whittier
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 comes about
When [you] might have won had [you] 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 just 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.
This poem is in the public domain
√ editorial note: [You] was inserted to eliminate gender bias. The original version stated “he”.
Looking through rose colored glasses enables you to see the hope and possibilities for a better future.
You can then look back through the lens of your present-day reality with greater confidence and determination to change what you once thought to be impossible – because you’ve already seen what that change looks like.
Discipline is the Key to all success.
The Key to discipline is spiritual growth.
The Key to spiritual growth is self-knowledge.
The Key to self-knowledge is love.
DISCIPLINE is acknowledgement not submission
BE THE LEAD ACTOR IN YOUR LIFE
The day you were born, this earth became a brighter, happier, more peaceful place to be.
Your kindness spreads joy to all who cross your path, or hear of you.
You are an intelligent, good-humored, worthy person with extraordinary talents. Your confidence and relaxed nature make all who meet you want to be near you and get to know you further.
Your happiness stems from your ability to find peace within your own heart; to love without prejudice; to give without reservation; and to forgive those who offend and abandon you.
You are a courageous independent thinker with enormous power to negotiate, influence and organize. You know what you want in life and you go after it with integrity.
You walk with grace, talk with purpose and laugh with ease. There is no problem you cannot solve and no happiness you cannot achieve. You meet each day with enthusiasm; you work rigorously with vigor; and play with carefree delight. You challenge adversity and chuckle at your failures.
You eat and drink that which is good for you. You breathe slowly and sleep each night peacefully, with happy dreams of the past, present and future. You appreciate all that has been given you – your blessings and your afflictions.
You are an insightful, eager to learn star of the universe, becoming all that you are capable of becoming – at your own pace – listening to the beat of your own heart.
And I love you!