Day one

It’s day one.  A new day in a new year.  How can we make the best out of it?  The world can look pretty depressing sometimes.  When I get down though I often find hope in a old poem book that has been in our family at least 35 years or more. “It can be done” a book of inspirations. Here is just one of the poems collected in this book.


When you’re lost in the wild and you’re scared as a child,     And death looks you bang in the eye;   And you’re sore as a boil, it’s according to Hoyle     To cock your revolver and die.   But the code of a man says fight all you can,     And self-dissolution is barred;   In hunger and woe, oh it’s easy to blow–     It’s the hell served for breakfast that’s hard.

You’re sick of the game? Well now, that’s a shame!     You’re young and you’re brave and you’re bright.   You’ve had a raw deal, I know, but don’t squeal.     Buck up, do your damnedest and fight!   It’s the plugging away that will win you the day,     So don’t be a piker, old pard;   Just draw on your grit; it’s so easy to quit–     It’s the keeping your chin up that’s hard.

It’s easy to cry that you’re beaten and die,     It’s easy to crawfish and crawl,   But to fight and to fight when hope’s out of sight,     Why, that’s the best game of them all.   And though you come out of each grueling bout,     All broken and beaten and scarred–   Just have one more try. It’s dead easy to die,     It’s the keeping on living that’s hard.

 Robert W. Service.
From “Rhymes of a Rolling Stone.”


One thought on “Day one

  1. “He either fears his fate too much,
    Or his desert is small,
    Who fears to put it to the touch,
    And win or lose it all.”-Montrose

    Or in more modern speak,

    Y’all got on this boat for different reasons, but y’all come to the same place. So now I’m asking more of you than I have before. Maybe all. Sure as I know anything, I know this – they will try again. Maybe on another world, maybe on this very ground swept clean. A year from now, ten? They’ll swing back to the belief that they can make people… better. And I do not hold to that. So no more runnin’. I aim to misbehave.

    Captain Mal Reynolds (Nathan Fillion) Serenity

    In fiction speak:
    ‘Good government never depends upon laws, but upon the personal qualities of those who govern. The machinery of government is always subordinate to the will of those who administer that machinery. The most important element of government, therefore, is the method of choosing leaders.’

    In warrior speak:

    “Cause pain before you injure. Injure before you maim. Maim before you kill. And if you must kill, make it a clean kill. Squeeze every drop of life from the opponent. Because life is so precious, it cannot be wasted, even in death.”

    “Let him cut your skin, and you cut his flesh. Let him cut your flesh, and you cut his bones. Let him cut your bones, and you cut off his life.”

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