Prompt for Jan 4: Quote me – the quote I return to again and again – what it is and why it moves me.

When I was a senior in high school, I was taking college prep courses in addition to my regular courses and my load was heavy.  My mother gave me a small card with a poem written on it. We had cubicles at my school and each cubicle had a bulletin board for posting goals for each day along with a star chart for every completion of each subject. There was plenty of room left on my board, so I posted the card on it and I read it several times throughout my school day.

It was inspirational to me and I have to say that it did contribute to my ability to get through my work and graduate.

This poem is the quote that helped to keep me going:

Don’t Quit

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
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 every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a fellow 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.
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 came down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out –
The silver tint in the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It might be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit –
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.

 Author Unknown 
I lost the card years ago and I hadn’t thought about it in quite some time. Now that I have been reminded of the poem, I am going to write it down and frame it on the wall above my desk.

I am grateful for the prompt!


Prompt for Jan 4 Quote me the quote…

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Catching Up with Lost Time

I am committing myself to 365 days of working from writing prompts this year and I forgot about it, so I am posting my first two right now and will post for the 3rd and 4th later in the day. If you would like to download the list for yourself, you can find it here:

Jan 1: Stroke of Midnight – What I was doing and where I wanted to be

When the ball dropped and 2015 turned into 2016, my husband and I kissed each other and said our Happy New Years. We had spent the day and night alone and that was fine with 44 year old me. Just a few years ago, I would not have been content with that. I would have wanted to be at a friend’s house or at a New Year’s Eve party where we would dance and toast in the New Year.

Getting real, that younger self still stirs inside and there was a part of me that wanted to join others. My husband predicted we would have lasted for two drinks and then both of us would have been ready to go home. He was right. We do not drink often and when we do, we don’t drink much.

However, I would have loved to dance. In my mind’s eye, I can see us moving on the dance floor and then stopping to count down with a crowd of other celebrators. As the New Year comes in, we throw our hands up in the air and shout.

Forty-four-year-old-me could handle that.

Jan 2: Resolved. Have I ever made a new year resolution that I kept?

My New Year resolutions have usually involved health and fitness. While I did lose the weight one year (twice, as a matter of fact…), I did not do it because of resolution, so I cannot say that counts. The others have involved some kind of exercise routine at least five days a week. I do not recall making that promise for the same year I lost weight, though I can say that I did workout 5 to 7 days a week. I have vowed to quit smoking year after year after year… nope. I did quit for several months at one time. Still, it does not count. So I have to say that I have never made a resolution that I have kept.

This year I have vowed to pay better attention to my health and to get in the habit of getting up by 7 am and starting my work at 8 am. So far, I have not been able to do that, either. It has to do with late night insomnia brought on my medications and the massive headaches I wake up with at ridiculous times of the night. By the time they stop and I am able to sleep again, I have usually lost three hours of the six and a half that I sleep, so I go back to bed. I end up dragging myself out of bed somewhere between 10 and 11am.

A large part of paying better attention to my health involves finding a way to pace the meds that I have to take hours apart and at least 2 hours after eating. I think my schedule of medications is likely the very thing that messes with my sleep patterns and one of the medications may be causing my migraines. If I can figure out the schedule, I may be able to readjust my sleep and keep my resolution.

Wish me luck!