For those of you who are feeling down lately...

  1. i found this poem a while back. i'm sure some of you have heard it or read it before but it really brought tears to my eyes and encouragement at a time i needed it the most. please read it and don't give up!



    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 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 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.

    author unknown


    wishing all of you the best for this year and please don't quit!
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  2. 16 Comments

  3. by   stpauligirl
    Thanks for this, I had a REALLY rough day
  4. by   Jilaweez
    thanks...that is inspiring
  5. by   Chaya
    Thanks, DesertRain! The timing of your post was really eerie because I almost didn't sign on to allnurses tonight. Tonight I didn't just have a bad shift; I actually was thinking "Oh, what's the point"... Your post brought a lump to my throat. Guess I'll be back tomorrow to fight once more!
    Chaya
  6. by   mydee
    Thanks I needed that today
  7. by   MamaGyrl
    Thank you so very much for the inspiring and very true poem. I have been going through so many things lately and I really appreciate you sharing that poem with me. You have no idea how it has touched my heart.
  8. by   DesertRain
    Your welcome guys, it means a lot to me that it gave a little inspiration to those who may have needed it like I did when I read it the first time. I tell myself that sometimes I may not be as smart or as successful as I would like to be but being a quitter is not something I want on my life itinerary.
  9. by   Kare117
    Thanks.... really needed that....

    I won't give up!!!!
  10. by   DesertRain
    Quote from Kare117
    Thanks.... really needed that....

    I won't give up!!!!
    Please don't! And I love that quote! It's awesome, I might have to borrow that one from ya!
  11. by   bethin
    Thanks, I really needed that. An hour ago, I threw my books on the floor and said the hell with it. I'm quitting. I've always wanted to go to law school and law and politics come so easy for me. Chemistry does not.

    I will wake up tomorrow and I will succeed.
  12. by   shippoRN
    Mods can we make this a sticky?? (not sure if there are certain "sticky rules" before something can be stickied)

    Thanks DesertRain, this is great.

    I haven't been in good spirits for the past couple of weeks, I take the NLN in 18 days, and i kept thinking whats the point, i put all of this work in and then not pass and not get in, or even if i did do well i won't get apcepted. Some really negative thoughts, anyway, this poem really does lift your spirit.
  13. by   DesertRain
    Quote from mystiqx
    Mods can we make this a sticky?? (not sure if there are certain "sticky rules" before something can be stickied)

    Thanks DesertRain, this is great.

    I haven't been in good spirits for the past couple of weeks, I take the NLN in 18 days, and i kept thinking whats the point, i put all of this work in and then not pass and not get in, or even if i did do well i won't get apcepted. Some really negative thoughts, anyway, this poem really does lift your spirit.
    You are welcome Mystiqx. If they can't make it a sticky than just copy and paste it and print it--keep it with you (like folded up in your wallet) or pin it up somewhere to see--I have it on my bulletin board by my desk at home so I glance over at it every time I feel down.

    Also, don't worry so much about the NLN, put in as much as you can without making yourself get crazy and go for it. Mostly every one says it's something you really can't study for, you either know it or you don't...so basically just review so you can remember it better when you get there. I take mine on February 3rd too so I hear ya--it's pretty scary but I am not going to let myself get crazy over it!
  14. by   burn out
    thanks for the beautiful poem..you may be a newbie but who says you can't teach an oldie a thing or two?

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