"For all of you young men and women out there struggling to find a suitable job or a place to live in this tough economic climate, and to those in their 40's and early 50's who think that they've 'missed the bus' and so proceed in their lives at a walking pace, I say, 'Don't give up. It is never too late to be what you might have been.' We only live once, but if we keep trying to get it right, once is enough to succeed. Had the caterpillar given up, it would never have flown.
It is so easy for impatience to set in when progress is slow. The danger is to be diverted from our target and try too many things instead of continuing to concentrate upon the one we truly want. Like the postage stamp, it is far better to develop the ability to stick to one thing until we get there!
Others do not test themselves to the limit and never run far enough on their first wind ever to discover that they have a second. There have been so many who have unknowingly been so close to success and the realisation of their dream when they gave up. We have to sometimes learn to resist when others give in, to fight back when some might submit and to hang on when others give up. One's strength usually can be found in one's tenacity and clarity of purpose.
I remind you that it's never a moment too soon for you to do a u-turn and to put your dreams back on track. There is no failure in not getting what you want. Only in the 'not trying' does the bedrock of permanent regret reside.
During my lifetime I have seen many people enter the race. Many have not won first time but they refused to be an 'also ran.' The world's winners come only from its runners-in-the-race; the ones with the staying power. They emerge from its rank of dreamers and doers, triers and tasters, along with let's-give-it-another-go-ers!
So do not give up on your marriage, your struggles, your troublesome neighbours, friends or family members, your life or your God. Stay true to them and you shall most likely discover that they will remain faithful to you." William Forde. May 10th, 2017.