When I first met with one of Puppy's billion social workers, they handed me a "Care journal". It has places for all things medical, but honestly I never use it. Maybe if I was a bit more type A than I am, I would use it at every appointment for every detail, but I don't. Instead on quiet evenings I will pull it out and read one of the poems or articles meant to encourage. So that is what I bring you. Because while it's original intent is for parents in the thick of raising a child with medical needs, it is really applicable to us all. We all have things pressing down on us, stressing us out, dragging us into the pit.
When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you are trudging seems all up hill,
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 everyone 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 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 your hardest hit-
It's when things seem worst that you must not quit.
So stick to the fight when your hardest hit- It's when things seem worst that you must not quit. Never have I read a more applicable line. You see I have another secret, and sadly this one is not as fun as a housekeeper. My dad has cancer, stage 4.
So I will stick to the fight when I'm hardest hit, because it is when things seem the worst that we must not quit.