Motivation Monday: Start Where You Stand

I use to often dwell on the past, wishing I had taking missed opportunity or replaying different scenarios in my head thinking the outcome may be different. However, there isn’t any point looking back as you’re not going that way. Similarly, there have been times where I’ve had aspirations and haven’t yet started on trying to achieve that goal simply because tomorrow never came. This poem by Berton Braley is great reminder to let go of the past and equally it’s the encouragement needed to begin:

Start where you stand and never mind the past;
The past won’t help you in beginning new,
If you have left it all behind at last
Why that’s enough, you’re done with it, you’re through;

This is another chapter in the book,
This is another race that you have planned,
Don’t give the vanished days a backwards look,
Start where you stand.

The world won’t care about your old defeats
If you can start anew and win success;
The future is your time, and time is fleet
And there is much of work and strain and stress;

Forget the buried woes and dead despairs,
Here is a brand-new trial right at hand,
The future is for him who does and dares,
Start where you stand.

Old failures will not hald, old triumphs aid,
To-day’s the thing, tomorrow will soon be;
Get in the fight, and face it unafraid,
And leave the past to ancient history.

What has been has been; yesterday is dead
And by it, you are neither blessed or banned;
Take courage, man, be brave and drive ahead,
Start where you stand.

Do share any motivational poems you may have come across. Have an amazing day 🌻🌼


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