THE RACE

The Race!  As you may have surmised by now, this site is geared towards the “residential Investor”, and most things real estate related, however one of my passions is writing about motivation and inspiration, as well as rhyming poetry. So intermingled with the serious topic of real estate, you will see occasional posts like this one.

I hope you enjoy it.

The Race

I
“Quit! Give up! You’re beaten!”
They shout out and plead.
“There’s just too much against you now.
This time you can’t succeed!”

And as he started to hang his head
In front of failure’s face,
His downward fall was broken by
The memory of the race.

And hope refilled his weakened will
As he recalled the scene;
For just the thought of that short race
Rejuvenated his being.

II
A children’s race–young boys, young men;
How he remember well.
Excitement, sure, but also fear;
It wasn’t hard to tell.

They all lined up so full of hope:
Each thought to win the race.
Or tie for first, or if not that,
At least take second place.

And fathers watched from off the side,
Each cheering for his son.
And each boy hoped to show his dad
That he would be the one.

The whistle blew and off they went!
Young hearts and hopes afire.
To win, to be the hero there
Was each young boy’s desire.

And one boy in particular
Whose dad was in the crowd,
Was running near the lead and thought,
“My dad will be so proud.”

But as he speeded down the field
Across a shallow dip,
The little boy who thought to win,
Lost his step and slipped.

Trying hard to catch himself
His hands flew out to brace,
And mid the laughter of the crowd
He fell flat on his face.

So down he fell and with him hope
He couldn’t win it now–
Embarrassed, sad, he only wished
To disappear somehow.

But as he fell his dad stood up
And showed his anxious face,
Which to the boy so clearly said:
“Get up and win the race!”

He quickly rose, no damage done
Behind a bit, that’s all–
And ran with all his mind and might
To make up for his fall.

So anxious to restore himself
To catch up and to win
His mind went faster than his legs:
He slipped and fell again!

He wished that he had quit before
With only one disgrace.
“I’m hopeless as a runner now;
I shouldn’t try to race.”

But in the laughing crowd he searched
And found his father’s face.
That steady look which said again:
“Get up and win the race!”

So he jumped up to try again.
Ten yards behind the last–
“If I’m to gain those yards,” he thought,
“I’ve got to move real fast.”

Exerting everything he had,
He gained eight or ten,
But trying so hard to catch the lead
He slipped and fell again!

Defeat! He lay there silently
A tear dropped from his eye–
“There’s no sense running anymore:
Three strikes I’m out, why try?”

The will to rise had disappeared
All hopes had fled away;
So far behind, so error-prone:
A loser all the way.

“I’ve lost, so what’s the use,” he thought.
“I’ll live with my disgrace.”
But then he thought about his dad
Who soon he’d have to face.

“Get up,” an echo sounded low.
Get up and take your place.
You were not meant for failure here.
Get up and win the race.”

With borrowed will, “Get up,” it said,
“You haven’t lost at all,
For winning is no more than this:
To rise each time you fall.”

So up he rose to win once more,
And with a new commit
He resolved that win or lose,
At least he wouldn’t quit.

So far behind the others now.
The most he’d ever been–
Still he gave it all he had
And ran as though to win.

Three times he’d fallen stumbling:
Three times he rose again.
Too far behind to hope to win
He still ran to the end.

They cheered the winning runner
As he crossed, first place,
Head high and proud and happy;
No falling, no disgrace.

But when the fallen youngster
Crossed the line, last place,
The crowd gave him the greater cheer
For finishing the race.

And even though he came in last
With head bowed low, unproud,
You would have thought he won the
Race to listen to the crowd.

And to his dad he sadly said,
“I didn’t do so well.”
“To me you won,” his father said.
“You rose each time you fell.”

III
And when things seem dark and hard
And difficult to face,
The memory of that little boy
Will help you in your race.

For all of life is like that race.
With ups and downs and all.
And all you have to do to win
Is rise each time you fall.

“Quit!” “Give up, you’re beaten!”
They still shout to your face.
But another voice within you says:
“GET UP AND WIN THE RACE!”

 (Based on a poem of unknown authorship)

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