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The Race

By D. H. Groberg

Quit! Give up! You’re beaten! They shout at me and plead.

There’s just too much against you now this time you can’t succeed!

And as I started to hang my head In front of failures face

My downward fall is broken by the memory of a race.

And hope refills my weakened will as I recall that scene.

For just the thought of that short race rejuvenates my being.

A children’s race; young boys, young men, how I remember well.

Excitement, sure! But also fear, it wasn’t hard to tell.

They all lined up so full of hope, each thought to win the race.

Or tie for first, or if not that, at least take second place.

And fathers watched from off the side each cheering for his own son.

And each boy hoped to show his dad that he would be the one.

The whistle blew and off they went young heart and hopes afire.

To win and be the hero there was each young boy’s desire.

And one boy in particular whose dad was in the crowd.

Was running near the lead and thought: “My dad will be so proud!”

But as they sped across the field across a shallow dip.

The little boy, who thought to win, lost his step and slipped.

 Trying hard to catch himself his hands flew out to brace

And mid the laughter of the crowd he fell flat on his face.

So down he fell and with him hope, he couldn’t win it now.

Embarrassed, sad, he only wished to disappear somehow.

But as he fell his dad stood up and showed his anxious face.

Which to the boy so clearly said: “Get up and win the race.”

He quickly rose, no damage done, behind a bit, that’s all.

And ran with all his mind and might, to make up for his fall.

So anxious to restore himself, to catch up and win.

His mind went faster than his legs: he slipped and fell again.

He wished then he had quit before, with only one disgrace.

I’m hopples as a runner now; I shouldn’t try to race.

But in the laughing crowd he searched and found his fathers face.

That steady look which said again: “Get up and win the race!”

So up he jumped to try again, ten yards behind the last.

If I’m going to gain those yards he thought, I’ve got to move real fast.

Exerting everything he had he regained eight or ten.

But trying too hard to catch the lead he slipped and fell again.

Defeat! He lay there silently, a tear dropped from his eye.

There’s no sense running anymore; three strikes, I’m out, why try?

The will to rise had fled away; all hope had fled away.

So far behind; so error prone a loser all the way.

I’ve lost, so what’s the use, he thought I’ll live with my disgrace.

But then he thought about his dad, who soon he’d have to face.

“Get up,” an echo sounded low, “Get up and take your place.

You were not meant for failure here, get up and win the race.”

With borrowed will get up it said, you haven’t lost at all.

For winning is no more than this, to rise each time you fall.

So up he rose once more and with a new commit.

He resolved that win or lose; at least he won’t quit.

So far behind the others now, the most he’d ever been.

Still he gave it all he had and ran as though to win.

Three time he’d fallen, stumbling, three times he rose again.

Too far behind to hope to win and still he ran to the end.

They cheered the winning runner as he crossed the line first place.

Head high and proud and happy no falling no disgrace.

But when the fallen youngster crossed the line last place.

The crowd gave him the greater cheer for finishing the race.

And even though he came in last with head bowed low, un-proud.

 You would have thought he won the race to listen to the crowd.

And to his dad he sadly said, “I didn’t do so well.”

“To me you won,” his father said, “You rose each time you fell.”

And now when things seam dark and hard and difficult to face.

The memory of that little boy helps me in my race.

For all of life is like that race with ups and downs and all.

And all you have to do to win is rise each time you fall.

Quit! Give up, your beaten; they still shout in his face.

But another voice within him says, “Get up and win the race!”


A Winners Creed

(Author Unknown)

If you think you’re beaten, you are; if you think you dare not, you don’t;

If you’d like to win, but think you can’t. It’s almost a cinch you won’t.

If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost; for out in the world we find

Success begins with a persons will; it’s all in the state of mind.

Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster hand;

But sooner or later the person who wins

Is the one who thinks “I CAN.”

  • Most people are as happy as they want to be. (Unknown)
  • Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go. (T.S. Elliot)
  • I am not bound to please thee with my answers. (Williams Shakespeare)
  • There is nothing good or bad, but thinking makes it so. (William Shakespeare)
  • I cannot discover that anyone knows enough to say definitely what is and what is not possible. (Henry Ford)
  • Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity.  They are more afraid of life than death. (James F. Byrnes)
  • While you’re struggling with the fear that it can’t be done, somebody else is doing it.(Unknown)
  • When thinking won’t cure fear, action will. (W. Clement Stone)
  • The greatest battle of life is fought out within the silent chambers of the soul. A victory on the inside of a man’s heart is worth a hundred conquests on the battlefields of life. To be master of yourself is the best guarantee that you will be master of the situation. (CS Lewis)
  • Know thyself. The crown of character is self-control. (CS Lewis)
  • The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them. (Albert Einstein)
  • I will arouse in others a desire to do what I would have them do. (Brad Hess)
  • Never mistake motion for action. (Ernest Hemingway)
  • It may be those who dream most, do most. (Stephan Leacock)
  • Cowards die many times before their deaths, the valiant never taste of death but once. (William Shakespeare)
  • It’s in the most trying times that our real character is shaped and revealed. (Helen Keller)
  • Every man is free to rise as far as he’s able or willing, but the degree to which he thinks determines the degree to which he’ll rise. (Ayn Rand)
  • If you always do what you have always done, you’ll always get what you have always got. (Unknown)
  • There is a road, no simple highway between the dawn and the dark of night. If you go, no one will follow, for that path was made for your steps alone. (Gerry Garcia)
  • Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith. (Henry Ward Beecher)
  • All that we are is the result of what we have thought (Buddha)
  • Imagination is everything! It is the preview of life’s coming attractions. (Einstein)
  • Whatever the mind of man can conceive, it can achieve! (W. Clement Stone)
  • What we do tomorrow with what we feel today, determines our character. (Unknown)
  • If you find yourself walking through Hell, don’t stop walking. (Changed from original quote…Winston Churchill)
  • The man on the top of the mountain didn’t fall there. (Les Brown)
  • Do not take counsel from your fears! (Thomas Monson)
  • It is following the path of least resistance that makes rivers and some men crooked. (Napoleon Hill)
  • Do the things you fear, and the death of fear is certain. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
  • Far better it is to dare mighty things through checkered by failure, than to live in the grey twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat. (Theodore Roosevelt)
  • Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power. (Abraham Lincoln)
  • Your past need not be a map of your future. (Unknown)
  • The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. (George Bernard Shaw)
  • One’s best success comes after his greatest disappointments. (Henry Ward Beecher)
  • Your own mind is a sacred enclosure into which nothing harmful can enter except by your permission. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
  • When you cannot make up your mind which of two evenly balanced courses
    of action you should take – choose the bolder. (W.J. Slim)
  • We become what we think about. (Unkown)
  • Pride gets no pleasure from having something, just from having more than the next man. (CS Lewis)
  • A minute of success pays for the failure of years. (Robert Browning)
  • I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies for the hardest victory is the victory over self. (CS Lewis)
  • The first requisite of success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem without growing weary. (Thomas Edison)
  • One who can control his thoughts has conquered himself. (Boyd K. Packer)
  • If we do not choose to plan, we choose to have others plan for us. (Franklin)
  • Let our advanced worrying become our advanced thinking and planning. (Churchill)
  • A man, as a general rule, owes very little to what he is born with – a man is what he makes himself. (Alexander Graham Bell)
  • I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act, but I believe in a fate that falls on men unless they act. (G.K. Chesterton)
  • The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. (Roosevelt)
  • He does not possess wealth that allows it to possess him. (Franklin)
  • Well done is better than well said. (Franklin)
  • Dost thou love life? Than do not squander time, for that is the thing life is made of. (Franklin)
  • A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further then a great idea that inspires no one. (Mary Kay Ash)
  • I consider my ability to arouse enthusiasm among my people the greatest asset I possess, and the way to develop the best that is in a person is by appreciation and encouragement. (Charles Schwab)
  • There is nothing else that so kills the ambitions of a person as criticism from superiors. I never criticize anyone. I believe in giving a person incentive to work.  So I am anxious to praise but loath to find fault.  If I like anything, I am hearty in my approbation and lavish in my praise. (Charles Schwab)
  • Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed. (Booker T. Washington)
  • The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them. (Albert Einstein)
  • People are not remembered by how few times they fail, but how often
    they succeed. (Thomas Edison)
  • Few burdens are heavy when everybody lifts. (African Proverb)
  • There are risks and costs to a program of action, but they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction. (John F. Kennedy)
  • Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. (T.S. Eliot)
  • I’m the master of my fate I’m the captain of my soul. (Henley)
  • Each situation we are presented with in life creates an opportunity for a positive and profitable outcome; actively implement Alchemy in your life experience. (Brad Hess)
  • I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do. (Edward Everett Hale)

The Man in the Glass

When you get what you want in your struggle for self

And the world makes you king for a day,

Just go to the mirror and look at yourself

And see what the Man has to say.

For it isn’t your Father or mother or wife

Whose judgment upon you must pass.

The fellow whose verdict counts most in your life

Is the one staring back from the glass.

Some people may say you’re a straight-shooting chum

And call you a wonderful guy.

But the man in the glass says you’re only a bum

If you can’t look him straight in the eye.

He’s the fellow to please never mind all the rest

For he’s with you clear to the end.

And you’ve passed your most dangerous, difficult test

If the man in the glass is your friend.

You may fool the whole world down the pathway of years

And get pats on the back as you pass.

But your only reward will be heartaches and tears

If you’ve cheated ”the man in the glass”.