June 2, 2014
Yogi Berra said it best. You need to trust the universe. Yeah, it’s an awfully big thing to trust (and it’s still expanding), but you need to trust that things will happen when they’re supposed to happen. You need to remove time as a variable from the equation and know that if you’re connected to goodness you will, in fact, be able to manifest whatever it is you want to manifest accurately and rapidly … but it won’t happen overnight. And it will be hard at times. And you will struggle. But don’t give up! Everything will come in the right way at the prefect time!
For instance, take habits. It’s hard to break bad habits and equally difficult to create effective habits. If it was otherwise, well, they wouldn’t be called “habits”. But with time and perseverance, both breaking bad and creating effective habits can be accomplished. Remember, effective habits are critical. They come from self-actualization – a determination of positive versus negative – and analysis. They are one of four key elements for the Principle of Discipline. And once something becomes a good habit, you’ll do it without even thinking about it. It becomes ingrained and part of your life.
The concept of not giving up is so very important – from character-building to the experience value garnered by the journey – that it’s the theme of my favorite poem. The poem is contained within the book, but given its importance, I’m including it here:
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.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one 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.
Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor’s cup,
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
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 you’re hardest hit–
It’s when things seem worst that you mustn’t quit.
– Author unknown
In my mind, this poem perfectly captures why we should not quit … especially in conjuncture with Yogi Berra’s view of life, “If the world were perfect, it wouldn’t be”.