Sherry A. Phillips

Suspense Author

Don’t Quit!

I was thinking about how easy it is sometimes just to say, “I quit!” when life throws yet another obstacle in our path.

You get tired of fighting. Tired of always having to push your way through, only to encounter yet another obstacle standing in your way.

I am reminded of when I pregnant with my second child. I decided I wanted to have a home water-birth with no medication or doctors. I envisioned a peaceful and tranquil delivery in my own comfortable surroundings.

When labor started, everything was going well for a while. I was able to get through the pain of the contractions and then relax. But I distinctly remember standing in the bathroom after one particularly long and painful contraction. I was tired and the pain and length of the contractions were taking their toll.

I looked at my midwife’s assistant and said, “I don’t think I can do this!”

She replied, “That’s good! That’s a good thing, because it’s been my experience that when you feel like you can’t go any further, you are very close to delivery.”

She was right! About a half an hour later, I was holding my beautiful baby boy.

I think about that time frequently when I am about to quit or give up on something I’ve worked really hard on.

I remind myself that if I’m feeling that tired, it’s because I’ve worked so hard for so long. And if I’ve worked that long and hard, I must have made a lot of progress toward my intended goal.

Some of you may have read this poem before, but I thought I would share the “Don’t Quit” poem.


“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.

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