Going down memory lane is a pastime i don’t seem to get tired of. Why? I’m not entirely certain, perhaps ‘cos growing up was a helluva lot of fun, filled with play and all manners of practical jokes.
As i slowly tread those mental paths, i marvel at the transition from a simple unassuming thoroughbred country boy to a somewhat astute, grown-ass, urbane man.
One constant though, was his zest for success and success quotes:
“Never say die. Up man! and try..
Never wake up from a dream until you are ready to make it a reality..
The man that makes the sky his limit will never see God..
The man that became an overnight success was not asleep during the night..
God gave men two ends; one to sit on and the other to think with. Ever since then, man’s success or failure depended on the one he used more.”
……the authors of the above he never knew, but of the one below, he didn’t forget;
“The Heights by Great men, reached and kept, were not attained by sudden flights, but they, while their companions slept were toiling upwards in the night” –Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The above citation served as a tonic for burning the mid-night candle back then in Prison, sorry-Boarding School. My best buddy was Wadsworth’s first-namesake and was equally a long fellow. The habit sure saw me through the academy and prepped me for the outside world.
The game out here however, is different with lots more downs than ups, but yours truly is also armed with a line; The one i call my ‘Magic Mantra’, the ten two-letter words- “IF IT IS TO BE, IT IS UP TO ME”.