A young girl received a simple graduation card from her estranged mother. Her mother scribbled few short words for her daughter on top of the card and sealed it along with her gift for her daughter. With her simple words of thanks, this young girl kissed her mom, opened her gift and set aside the card in her cabinet. She barely understood what was written on the card for she thought she’s too young to even try to understand the words she think only adults talk about. For her, those words are too deep for her young and inexperienced life.
The young girl realized the consequences of mistakes and wrong decisions while growing up. She made mistakes, she made wrong decisions, had broken relationships and failures. There were tears when she felt bad, when she failed on her own. There were numerous mishaps, heart-breaking, sometimes unbearable, sometimes physically painful. And one day, when the weather is too low and while she’s comforting herself in her own solice, she found the card she kept 10 years ago and start to read each words aloud:
“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” Don’t Quit
With big sigh of relief, she wiped out her tears and stood up from her crippled bed and said to herself “I understand and thank you, Mom.” This girl is me.