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Beautiful Things
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 everyone of us sometimes learns.
And many a fellow 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 came 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 afar;
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit -
It's when things seem worst,
That you must not quit.

-- Edgar A. Guest (1881 - 1959)
As I write this, we are in the midst of times unlike any we've seen
before.  For most, they are, at the very least, challenging.  For many,
they are extremely stressful.  For some, they are heartbreaking.

A long time ago, when I was going through a very stressful time in
my life, one of my friends gave me a refrigerator magnet.  It read,
"Tough times don't last.  Tough people do."

It's still on my fridge and I've had occasion to feel the need to
re-read it once in awhile through the years.  I offer it to you as
encouragement, along with a quote I ran across recently that
seems appropriate for these extraordinary circumstances:

"Keep your faith in beautiful things - in the sun when it's
hidden, in Spring when it's not here."  -- Roy Gibson

I hope you are all safe and well.

-- Nancy
~ Spring, 2020