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Don't Quit!

Sticking to the programme is difficult. Diet, Exercise, medication, foot care, blood sugar monitoring, blood pressure. The list goes on and on.

Don't quit says my muse as it’s not a sprint it’s a marathon. It sure feels like a marathon from time to time.

We have some blood pressure monitors to give away this week. So we’re having a poetry competition. Either write a poem or post your favorite poem before next Sunday and we will announce the winners on the 3rd of April.

To enter all you have to do is add your reply to this forum discussion. Good luck!

This is one of my favorite poems. I hope you enjoy it.

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 tints of the clouds of doubt
And you can never 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.

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My pastor read this in church today; I did a web search and found a copy of it. I think it says it all:

John 3:16 - The Gospel In A Nutshell

For God (the greatest Giver)
so loved (the greatest motive)
the world (the greatest need),
that He gave (the greatest act)
His only begotten Son (the greatest gift),
that whosoever (the greatest invitation)
believeth (the greatest decision)
in Him (the greatest Person)
*believeth in Him (the greatest opportunity)
should not perish (the greatest deliverance),
but (the greatest difference)
have (the greatest certainty)
everlasting life (the greatest possession).

~ Adapted from several sources ~
*Alternative point given.

People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered;
LOVE them anyway.

If you do good,people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
DO GOOD anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
SUCCEED anyway.

The good you do will be forgotten tomorrow;
DO GOOD anyway

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable;

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight;
BUILD anyway

People really need help but may attack you if you help them

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
BE HAPPY anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
DO GOOD anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you've got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis.
it is between you and God;
It is never between you and them anyway.

The source of this poem is unknown but it was found in Mother Teresa's living quarters in Calcutta. I heard it when another student in my Philosophy class gave a presentation on Mother Teresa last year. I really like this poem.
Thank you God for all I am

Wishing I were a floating soul
Not a mass of cells requiring sustenance
To be free of the pleasure food can bring
And released from earthly toil

Free from judgements, pressure, pain,
Free from constant striving for a goal
Yet despite these dreams, still glad to be me,
Special, unique, not a floating soul!


Just a short entry from the top of my head - just a reflection of how I feel at times.

I talked to a friend just the other day

who’s got lots of opinions and plenty to say.

We discussed what we both like to see in a horse

His requirements and mine were different of course…

He likes a clean throatlatch and a long skinny neck,

and prefers that their hocks are set close to the deck.

Short backs and hard feet and clean slopin’ shoulder,

and a gaskin that looks like it swallered a boulder.

He likes a short face and a big ol’soft eye,

and says these are the horses he’s likely to buy.

And when he’d completed his lengthy discourse,

on all of the attributes of the quality horse.

He asked my opinion, and where do I start?

And I said that I….just want horses with heart.

I said I want heart above all the other.

I don’t care if he’s Smart Little Lena’s full brother.

Or just how much money that his grandmother won,

or whether he’s roan, palomino or dun.

But give me a horse with some grit and some try,

and some heart and some guts and that’s one that I’ll buy.

And I’ve found it’s the same with a woman or man….

the good ones won’t quit you when the shit hits the fan




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