Think About It

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Today I wanted to share a few poems that my dad has very strong connections with. These poems aren’t just for people who have faced hardship, they are for anyone who might need to take a step back for a bit and reevaluate a few things in their lives.

When you read these, really think about them.

They are all from a book called “The Winners Manual: For the game of life” by Jim Tressel. I highly recommend it for anyone, even if you’re not a sports fan. (#3 is my favorite)


 

 

 

Poem #1:

The Guy In The Glass

When you get what you want in your struggle for pelf,

And the world makes you King for a day,

Then go to the mirror and look at yourself,

And see what that guy has to say

 

For it isn’t your Father, or Mother, or Wife,

Who judgement upon you must pass.

The feller whose verdict counts most in your life,

Is the guy staring back from the glass.

 

He’s the feller to please, never mind all the rest,

For he’s with you clear up to the end,

And you’ve passed your most dangerous, difficult test

If the guy in the glass is your friend.

 

You may be like Jack Horner and “chisel” a plum,

and think you’re a wonderful guy,

But the man in the glass says you’re only a bum

If you can’t look him straight in the eye.

 

You can fool the whole world down the pathway of years,

And get pats on the back as you pass,

But your final reward will be heartaches and tears

If you’ve cheated the guy in the glass.

-Dale Wimbrow

 

Poem #2

The Man Who Thinks He Can

If you think you’re beaten, you are,

If you think you dare not, you don’t,

If you’d like to win but think you can’t,

It’s almost a cinch you won’t.

If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost,

For out in the world we find

Success begins with a fellow’s will;

It’s all in the state of mind.

 

Full many a face is lost

Ere ever a step is run,

And many a coward fails

Ere ever his works begun,

Think big, and your deeds will grow;

Think small and you’ll fall behind.

Think that you can, and you will;

It’s all in the state of mind.

 

If you think you’re outclassed, you are;

You’ve got to think high to rise.

You’ve got to be sure of yourself before

You can ever win a prize.

Life’s battles don’t always go

to the stronger or faster man,

But soon or late the man who wins

Is the fellow who thinks he can.

It’s all in the state of mind!

-Walter D. Wintle

 

Poem #3

It Couldn’t Be Done

Somebody said that it couldn’t be done,

But he, with a chuckle, replied

That “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one

Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.

So he buckled right in, with a trace of a grin

On his face. If he worried, he hid it.

He started to sing as he tackled the thing

That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

 

Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that;

At least no one ever has done it.”

But he took off his coat, and he took off his hat,

And the first thing we knew, he’d begun it;

With the lift of his chin, and a bit of a grin,

Without any doubting or quiddit;

He started to sing as he tackled the thing

That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

 

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done;

There are thousands to prophesy failure;

There are thousands to point out to you, one by one,

The dangers that wait to assail you;

But just buckle right in, with a bit of a grin,

Then take off your coat and go to it;

Just start in to sing as you tackle the thing

That “cannot be done,” and you’ll do it!

-Edgar A. Guest


Thanks for reading guys, I know it got kind of long but I appreciate it if you went through them! These poems mean a lot to me, my dad, and our family so I really hope you enjoyed them! Come back for more posts and and quotes daily! As always,

Peace & Blessings ❤

Abby

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