Friday, October 02, 2015

Determination


Painting: Isaac Watts studying the energy of steam.



If you think you are beaten, you are;
If you think you dare not, you don't.
If you'd like to win, but you think you can't,
It is almost a cinch that you won't.

If you think you'll lose, you're lost;
For out of the world we find
Success begins with a fellow's 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 the prize.

Life's battles don't always go
To the stronger or faster man;
But sooner or later the man who wins
Is the one who thinks he can!

7 comments:

Lynn Maust said...

An old favorite and a classic!

ladypinktulip said...

Great reminder of pressing on. Love Kelly

Cindy said...

Dear Lydia,
I have followed your writings and blog for years. You are always an encouragement to me. I truly believe your blog is invaluable for all who read it - even to those who may in general disagree with you, they have read a testimony of what is true. For me, your blog is a wonderful constant resource of what is good and true. Thank you for your time and effort you so freely give.

Sharon D. said...

I have loved and enjoyed your blog for several years now. I do not comment often on any blogs, etc. but I do have yours bookmarked and check it regularly. Thank you for the work you do. As the letter you shared indicates, it is much needed to encourage those who see the problems with the modern push.

As a side note, I thought you would appreciate this tip: the word we pronounce "repore" is actually spelled "rapport," but I am pleased to be able to praise you for using it correctly, as we often pair it unnecessarily as "good rapport," which is redundant given the definition of the word itself. Most of us misspell it as "repoire" but that is actually not a word in English.

(I tell others my job as an editor is not to criticize or look down on others, but to help them be able to say the important things they have to say with as few distractions as possible...I hope you will take it in that spirit. I love what you have to say!)

Warmly,
Sharon D.

Sharon D. said...

I have loved and enjoyed your blog for several years now. I do not comment often on any blogs, etc. but I do have yours bookmarked and check it regularly. Thank you for the work you do. As the letter you shared indicates, it is much needed to encourage those who see the problems with the modern push.

As a side note, I thought you would appreciate this tip: the word we pronounce "repore" is actually spelled "rapport," but I am pleased to be able to praise you for using it correctly, as we often pair it unnecessarily as "good rapport," which is redundant given the definition of the word itself. Most of us misspell it as "repoire" but that is actually not a word in English.

(I tell others my job as an editor is not to criticize or look down on others, but to help them be able to say the important things they have to say with as few distractions as possible...I hope you will take it in that spirit. I love what you have to say!)

Warmly,
Sharon D.

Lydia said...

Sharon, you are right! We get used to saying things a certain way and then spelling them the way they sound.

Rightthinker said...

I love what Cindy said, above, about having read a testimony that is true!

One cannot deny that this blog is full of truth and encouragement and light. For that, I am grateful!

God Bless you!

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