My friend Pete Evans interviewed Rugby League legend, former England Captain, Jamie Peacock this week. Pete wrote an excellent summary of the interview which you can read here and listen to the interview through this link.
Jamie told Pete that he has a poem stuck on the inside of his changing room locker door. He doesn’t read it every day, but on one of those days when he has lost his mojo, he reads it. I don’t know who the author is (so I can’t give him or her credit), but I think it is a wonderful poem.
Copy it, print it out and read it when your day needs a little more fire!
It is when things seem worst you must not quit
When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you are 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 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 struck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow;
You may well 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 of the clouds of doubt.
And you never can tell how close you are
If may be near, when it seems afar.
So stick to the fight when you are hardest hit,