Thursday, June 4, 2009

The Race - D H Groberg

I apologize for the delay in blogging, I have been dealing with huge internet and networking problems the past week that have consumed all of my time and energy and I also shot back to back weddings on Friday and Saturday :) Anyways, while I am catching up on the editing, I wanted to share with you guys a poem that meant a lot to me in high school and helped me through many many hard times. It is a long poem but worth the read. I think I relate to this poem so well because I am guilty of taking the easy way out and have quit/given up many times when the going got rough and I know that by doing so I missed out on many great opportunities. Early on in my business I had a couple of rough patches and honestly wondered why I was still in business, I used to look at my work sometimes and cry because I never thought I was talented enough and wanted very badly to quit the business. Not that I am perfect now, I am far from, but I have the opinion that you truly can overcome anything if you just have a positive attitude and keep trying and keep pushing yourselves. Anyways, enough babbling, here is the poem by D H Groberg titled "The Race"

"Whenever I start to hang my head in front of failure’s face,
my downward fall is broken by the memory of a race.
A children’s race, young boys, young men; how I 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 that race
or tie for first, or if not that, at least take second place.
Their parents watched from off the side, each cheering for their son,
and each boy hoped to show his folks that he would be the one.

The whistle blew and off they flew, like chariots of fire,
to win, to be the hero there, was each young boy’s desire.
One boy in particular, whose dad was in the crowd,
was running in the lead and thought “My dad will be so proud.”

But as he speeded down the field and crossed a shallow dip,
the little boy who thought he’d win, lost his step and slipped.
Trying hard to catch himself, his arms flew everyplace,
and midst the laughter of the crowd he fell flat on his face.

As he fell, his hope fell too; he couldn’t win it now.
Humiliated, he just 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 that 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 through the laughing crowd he searched and found his father’s face
with a steady look that said again, “Get up and win that 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 run real fast!”
Exceeding everything he had, he regained eight, then ten...
but trying 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?
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, “you haven’t lost at all,
for all you have to do to win is rise each time you fall.
Get up!” the echo urged him on, “Get up and take your place!
You were not meant for failure here! Get up and win that race!”

So, up he rose to run once more, refusing to forfeit,
and 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 like he could 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 another boy who crossed the line and won first place,
head high and proud and happy -- no falling, no disgrace.

But, when the fallen youngster crossed the line, in last place,
the crowd gave him a greater cheer for finishing the race.
And even though he came in last with head bowed low, unproud,
you would have thought he’d 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.”
And now when things seem dark and bleak and difficult to face,
the memory of that little boy helps me in my own 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.
And when depression and despair shout loudly in my face,
another voice within me says, “Get up and win that race!”


c a n d a c e said...

This is very encouraging! Thanks for sharing and thank you for your comment. I am very impressed with your compassion and your beautiful art called photography.


Kelli said...

I love this poem! Thanks for sharing.

Rememberwhen said...

Hey, Dustin - Your work is beautiful and it seems you are a beautiful person too! Thank you for sharing such an inspiring poem. I bought a camera and started shooting blindly a couple of months ago and found I love nothing more! I too sometimes feel like I am lightyears behind photographers like you but I am learning everyday and loving it - thanks again for the encouragement!

Melanie and Monkeys said...

Dustin, Since meeting you at Sarah's wedding I was wondering if you were willing to share some of your cool spots for taking photos? I would love it and share back.