The words, ‘Don’t Quit’ are inscribed on a plaque that hangs on my parents’ wall in their kitchen accompanied by an inspirational poem. This heirloom has been in my family since I was 19 years old. For 21 years it has served as a major source of motivation and strength for me. At one point, I had it memorized. I would like to share this poem with you!
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will, When the road you’re trudging seems up a 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 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.
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 but seems so far; So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit, It’s when things seems worse, that you must not quit!
I am so inspired by that! Hollywood Hino is a celebrity boxer and personal trainer who has adopted this mantra with all of his clients, ‘Die first, then Quit.’ It’s this type of mentality that one has to have in order to accomplish goals in life. This mantra works for Hollywood Hino but I feel that everyone chasing a dream or for those who are simply living life day to day must create their own source of motivation. Mine happens to be a strong and honest relationship with God. What that relationship with my Creator does is give me the confidence to persevere because I know that he has a unique plan designed just for me! I sometimes talk to God as if he were sitting right beside me. I tell him everything. I have an unshakable faith that he willl deliver to me what I need in his time. Phil. 4:19 says that, ‘…God will supply my daily needs…’ So I trust him to provide what I need when I need it. For this reason, I ‘Don’t Quit!’