It’s Darkest Before Dawn.

 

Darkest Before DawnDISCLAIMER: This was originally posted on September 29, 2017, almost one year ago. As we near the version 1 launch of SHEapp, our Social Health Empowerment app, so many things are happening that makes it seem like the cliff is waiting for me to go over. But today, when I want to one of my home offices, there was the Don’t Quit plaque on the wall and I remembered that I had spoken the poem. I went to the She’s It archives, found it and decided to put it in the Inspiration channel today because when I originally did it, many women reached out to say they needed to hear it on that day in 2017. Well…I needed to hear it today. I hope you enjoy it as much as when it was originally published on She’s It last year.

 

Many of you may have heard of this poem. I have a plaque of it hanging in my home office. Many times I pass by it and don’t even notice. Sometimes I don’t even look at the wall. But it’s been hanging there for years. In fact, I took it off the hook to look at it more closely and had to wipe dust from the sides.  But I needed something today. I needed those words that would resonate. Words that would shout to me that all is going as it is planned. This beautiful poem, this inspirational poem, these words that make you say um hm…..I can relate. I decided to do an audio of the poem (at the end of this Conversation) in my own way with  music titled “Who’s There” by Peter Sandberg. It’s my way of expressing my feelings as we reach new milestones that haven’t been easy.  If you’re going through something, I hope it gives you a little hope and satisfaction too.

 

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.

 

 

So don’t quit. Don’t give up. You may have to slow down. You may have a detour. It’s OK! Just be sure to take a moment to breathe and then get back on course. That’s what I’m doing. I have to if I’m going to Live Life GRAND!

 

~Tam, Founder, She’s It

 

The poem “Don’t Quit” was originally titled “Keep Going” and was published “Don’t Quit” by Edgar A. Guest. One potentially credible citation out of the University of Michigan attributes the poem as being the work of John Greenleaf Whittier. Because the author’s work predates Guest’s 1921 copyright, it is plausible that Guest might have borrowed the poem from Whittier.