Gentle Spring’s around the corner,
Waiting just to show her face
And to bring us flowers and sunshine;
Winter’s almost run his race!
Be not then, my friends, discouraged
That there’s cold and ice and sleet;
For Spring time soon will be with us,
And the flowers will greet;
Daffodils, so bright and yellow,
Hyacinths of varied hues,
As they nod their heads, in gladness,
Telling us they bring good news…
Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, Springtime
March 12 - down but not out
Disappointments will come and go, but discouragement is a choice that you make.
It’s easy to get discouraged this time of year. We had the promise of of warmer weather, then the March winds kicked in and blew some very cold winds our way.
Don’t let discouragement be the choice you make. Discouragement can be costly. Its sense of defeat and hopelessness saps us of our energy and perspective. It keeps us from doing what we’re supposed to do.
We do have a choice. We can actually turn things around by making a decision to let go of the situation that caused the discouragement in the first place. What we think about has the power to affect every area of our lives.
We can’t control all of our circumstance but we don’t have to let what happened today ruin tomorrow. There is always hope for a better day.
The most essential factor is persistence - the determination never to allow your energy or enthusiasm to be dampened by the discouragement that must inevitably come.
James Whitcomb Riley
There is only one person in charge of your thoughts and feelings and that’s you. Being disappointed is inevitable, being discouraged is always a choice.
Falling down doesn’t make you a failure, it makes you human. There is no failure for the man who gets up every time he falls.
Don’t be discouraged. It’s often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock.