Just Before You Give Up!

Are you at the verge of giving up? Do you think you have done all you know you can do and things don’t work the way you want it? Are you still failing to achieve your result. Life may seem to be very unfair and you may have agreed to the lie that nothing good can happen to you again on earth. But the truth is life holds great and wonderful things for you. You only need to hold on to your dreams – passions – for some minute more.  You need to stay firm on your ground and march on.

The story has been told and retold countless times about the battle of Waterloo. Poems have been written and songs have been composed detailing every conceivable aspect about it. History and legend have it that after the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte’s army and victory of the Duke of Wellington over the French, Napoleon was taken away and imprisoned. Even though Napoleon was in prison, he carried himself  with dignity.

Some years later, he was asked the great question by some reporters.  Why did the English won at Waterloo? Is it that they have a superior army or weapons? His response was revealing. Napoleon’s eyes slowly swept across the room. The silence was so deep that it was almost deafening. You could have heard the proverbial pin drop. Then he replied, “The English fought five minutes longer.” From the mouth of the great general himself came the answer, “The English fought five minutes longer”. Many times, five minutes longer is all that it takes. Though times have changed from the days of the Emperor Napoleon, many things still remain the same.

Victory, sometimes, is just a few minutes away. You may be saying that you have a peculiar case. Yes, I know, we all go through terrible times. In today’s world many are faced with crisis after crisis. For most, there is never enough money, no jobs, poor relationships, ill health and the list could go on and on. Of course, there are good times too, but the hard times usually block many people’s vision of the good times. You need to keep reminding yourself that there is always light at the end of the tunnel. When things get really bad is not the time for you to give up. That is the time to pursue your dream. If you need help, don’t be afraid to ask. Anything will do – a kind word from a friend, a paragraph from a good book, an inspiration from the word of God, even a stray piece of music from the radio.

Some people will always be there for you. Others will turn and run from you, fearing for their own well-being. Still others may throw you a crumb of money, or food and hope you will not ask for more. Be grateful to God. Your job is to just keep on keeping on. When you are down in the arena and the dust is in your mouth and you can hear the screaming of the crowd, remember, “The English fought five minutes longer.” Sometimes it is so bad that one day at a time is too long. So go one hour at a time. And if that is too long, then how about five minutes at a time?

Success is sometimes just yards or minutes away. There are times when the last few yards may seem like miles and the last few minutes may appear to be hours. But if you keep on keeping on, if you do not let hope die, if you have faith in the goodness of the universe and the Force that created us, you will win in the end. So, just before you give up, remember that your dreams can become your reality…

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