Word of the Week -Week Three

Our word of the week is:

Perseverance – it is defined by Merriam Webster as: continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition. 

It is how we learn, how we grow, how we succeed.

When I think of perseverance I am reminded of this poem.

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.

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.
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.

11 thoughts on “Word of the Week -Week Three

  1. Great word. If we don’t have pereseverence then we basically have defeat. I had forgotten that poem, now I think I want to find a copy to hang in my sewing room , as treasured reminder .

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    1. Dom was the inspiration for this post. He worked for nearly two months trying to diagnose and repair a lawn tractor. He has finally got it running good. 🙂 I don’t have a sewing room to hang it in but maybe it should be engraved on my sewing machine. LOL!


    1. That poem reminds me of my grandson who loves trains. He was born 2 1/2 months premature and weighed less than 2 lbs. He spent his first three months in a NICU but has overcome many of the obstacles he was born with. He will be 5 in June and is doing really well. He is “The Little Engine That Could.”

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      1. Aw, that is nice Ruth. I had a co-worker that his baby was about that early as well, maybe three months and also was in the NICU for a long time. Occasionally I will go to his Facebook site they created for him and you’d never know he was so tiny. The pictures of him as a newborn were really amazing.

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