George Joseph Moriarty – The Road Ahead or The Road Behind

Sometimes I think the Fates must
Grin as we denounce and insist
The only reason we can’t win
Is the Fates themselves that miss.

Yet there lives on an ancient claim
We win or lose within ourselves
The shining trophies on our shelves
Can never win tomorrow’s game
You and I know deeper down
There’s always a chance to win the crown.

But when we fail to give our best
We simply haven’t met the test
Of giving all, and saving none
Until the game is really won.

Of showing what is meant by grit
Of fighting on when others quit
Of playing through, not letting up
It’s bearing down that wins the cup
Of taking it and taking more
Until we gain the winning score.

Of dreaming there’s a goal ahead
Of hoping when our dreams are dead
Of praying when our hopes have fled
Yet losing, not afraid to fall
If bravely, we have given all.

For who can ask more of a man
Than giving all within his span
Giving all, it seems to me
Is not so far from victory.

And so the Fates are seldom wrong
No matter how they twist and wind
It is you and I who make our fates
We open up or close the gates
On the road ahead or the road behind.

– George Joseph Moriarty

For those with their heart set on achieving something, remember: all you can do is your best. We tend to get taught this from a very early age, but somewhere along the way we forget it.

And know that doing your best does not mean you can’t sleep. Or eat. Doing your best means being able to look at yourself in the mirror after it’s all done, and say: ‘you know under the circumstances, at that time and at that place, I don’t think I could have done anything else.’ Know that your best cannot  be perfect – there is no such thing. Because what is perfect is different for everyone.

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