Perseverance

There’s always time to start again,
When things don’t go to plan.
Just take deep breaths,
To calm yourself,
Shake the stress out if you can. 
Then take a while to cogitate,
On why things went awry.
Then listen to your own advice,
And have another try. 

Perseverance - a poem by Pooky

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14 Responses to Perseverance

  1. So true Pooky, its about not so much the getting up after failure but how fact you can get up.

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    • PookyH says:

      Absolutely! This was inspired by a conference presentation I was giving today. The tech failed about thirty seconds in and I could feel myself preparing to fail dramatically. Then I looked at a room full of expectant faces and realised it was just about the least insurmountable problem possible and that if I just took a moment to sort it out and started again then it was likely to go fine. And it did. I got some lovely feedback in fact. (But it could so easily have slipped away from me).

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  2. It’s seven times down, eight times up!

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  3. Love the poem but the words on the picture, not so much. Sometimes what we think of as failure is in reality practice. The poem is a wonderful example of how to keep trying and to learn from our mistakes. To make a mistake doesn’t mean we’ve failed, it means we’re human.
    I’ll shut up now. Just something I feel really strongly about having grown up being told I stupid.

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  4. wbdeejay says:

    Listening to your own advice is a good idea, something I need to do more often.

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  5. Perseverance is so important! You said it beautifully 🙂

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  6. Very inspirational, Pooky, and loved the quote, as well! xx

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  7. As long as we try then thats enough, it may not feel like enough at the time but it is. For me its as simple as that. I spent too many years berating myself – not any more. X

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