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.
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 slipped 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,
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.
– Author unknown
In the book The Alchemist, the traveler makes several references to the universe conspiring together to make your dreams happen. The traveler learns a story of a miner who abandoned everything to go mining for emeralds. He spent 5 years mining a river where he examined hundreds of thousands of stones. The books says, “The miner was about to give it all up, right at the point when, if he were to examine just one more stone – just one more – he would find his emerald.” A stone rolled against his foot, he picked it up and slammed it aside. Out of frustration he threw it so hard that it broke in two and inside was the most beautiful emerald in the world. Just as the poem in my video stated, “Often the goal is nearer than it seems to the faint and faltering man.” You could be on the verge of something monumental, if only you take a few more steps.
The Alchemist is the perfect tale to describe the message of following through. You must go through the entire journey to discover your treasure. You can’t stop before your job is done. Don’t quit.
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