13 Oct 2015


There have been dark times in my life when I felt I couldn’t carry on. I was envisaging a dispiriting future for myself. It helped to have a little voice in my head that said “wait and see”. In the meantime I tried to stay in the present and count my blessings – a roof over my head, clothes to wear, food to eat, company, good physical health, living in a relatively peaceful country. And I also remembered from experience that the dawn does always come after the darkest hour.

The dismal future I was predicting for myself never came about. In the words of a friend of mine from Recovery:

My life is full of misfortunes that never happened.

When it feels as if you can’t carry on, compare it to an athlete running a race. He reaches what’s called “the wall” and if he can use his will power to push beyond that, he gets a second wind.

As you know by now, I’m fond of collecting wise sayings and I’m quoting some in this blog.

Perseverence is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.
Walter Elliott*

When you have gone so far that you can’t manage one more step, then you’ve just gone half the distance that you’re capable of
Greenland Proverb*

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they have gone
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them ‘Hold on!’
“If”, by Rudyard Kipling

You never really lose until you quit trying
Mike Ditka*

* Words on Strength and Perseverance – a Helen Exley Giftbook (pocket size); part of the “Words for Life” series.

Till next time


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