rising from the ashes

  • Madeline Hogan

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 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 when it seems so far;

So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit

It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.

I found this poem by pure accident in my Mam’s house during the summer while I was home on holidays. It was on the back of a small picture of Saint Jude who is the Saint for lost causes.

There have been many times during my life when I have felt like quitting. Working in Dublin years ago searching for a house to buy and so many hours spent house hunting that seemed to be wasted. Trying to get my ideal job in the airport operations department where there were so few opportunities and so much competition. When my life was turned upside down when my father died suddenly without any warning and 10 years later my cousin died unexpectedly who was like another brother to me. When I was learning to drive and I thought I’d never ever get the hang of it, while simultaneously having a conversation with someone, singing along to a song, smoking a cigarette, changing gears, using the wipers, indicating and changing lanes! As everyone who knows me will agree, I’m an avid anti smoker, least of all likely to do so while driving!

But the bottom line for me was to keep on moving forward and never give up the fight, even when I felt very low emotionally and lacking in energy and motivation. I found help and support among family and friends, having learned to ask for help. I continued to develop my knowledge of yoga and meditation and mindfulness and learned new skills, all along using my experiences, good, bad, tough and easy, as opportunities for growth. Today I’m a stronger more resilient person who is on a journey of self discovery and so excited about what this adventure with MadsPhoenix has in store.

Don’t ever quit.

Cangas de Onis, Asturias

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