Many years ago, my mother sent me the following little poem, entitled “Don’t Quit” (author unknown). I keep it close by at all times and re-read it when life seems to be more than I can handle and am reminded of all that I’ve ‘overcome’ since I first read it! Of course, at the time, I had no idea where my path would lead – my life has been a myriad of beautiful experiences, enriched by so many amazing people and most recently by these precious souls we call Daisy Dogs (Daisy’s Place Retriever Rescue). My journey has also been filled with challenges, hardships and heart aches. And so, when life gets overwhelming and the burdens too many to bear, I pull out my tattered copy of this poem and it reminds me that I have more inner strength than I know – and a great support system! Too often we think we’re ‘in this’ all alone, when in fact, we have only to ask for help and encouragement. It’s not a sign of weakness, for it takes great strength to admit that we can’t do it all alone!

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.

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 afar.
So, stick to the fight
when you’re hardest hit –
It’s when things go wrong
that you mustn’t quit.

A living example of today’s message is our sweet Daisy Dog, Lordie Mercy. This photo of Lordie and her girl, Gigi, always fills my heart and gives me inspiration to keep going no matter what! This beautiful old soul came into rescue a year ago, she was dumped at a high kill shelter and left to die at the age of 12. Physically Lordie is a train wreck, she’s losing her sight and hearing, has heartworms and cancer and most recently was diagnosed with the beginning signs of kidney failure – but look in her eyes and you’ll see pure joy and happiness! Lordie doesn’t feel sorry for herself, she just keeps going with an exuberance for life that never quits! The love that she shares with Gigi and her foster family is limitless and I’m quite certain it’s what keeps her going, in spite of all the obstacles that have been placed in her path.

Lordie Mercy and Gigi

Whether you’re dealing with financial hardship, the loss of a loved one or illness, whatever your challenges may be, I hope that this poem and Lordie Mercy will help inspire you not to quit, but instead to keep going, keep believing, keep reaching, keep seeking and most of all keep your heart open!

many blessings,
Melissa

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