From the time I can remember my Mom would say, “keep your chin up” whenever I had made a mistake or something didn’t work out quite the way I had expected it to. It has stood me in good stead all these years later. At certain points in our lives we may not feel “good enough.” Good enough to try out for the sports team, ballet class, the new job, an organization, to speak with people, to venture out, to meet that someone special or even not good enough to smile at another person. Why? Probably because we may not feel we have something worthy to contribute, how sad for us. When we take this view we are the ones who miss out on opportunities. These opportunities create the memories we all cherish so much, usually years later. We look back at our memories and joy floods us from head to toe.
One day when I was feeling particularly out of sorts (probably a good thing I can’t remember) I wrote the following poem…
Keep Your Chin Up!
Most of life’s problems, it’s sad but it’s true
Come from wanting to be anyone but You
Remember You are an original through and through
Destined for greatness by running the race that was meant just for You
Where only you can win or lose by the way that you choose
And should You go the wrong way
Here’s a news flash for You…
We’ve all made a mess of things from time to time
Don’t let anyone make You feel that it only happens to You
Life can be as complicated as a jigsaw puzzle
Or jumbled up like a bowl of stew
But this one fact is true
Your life is meant to be savoured by You
So when you think life’s just not worth it and you worry and stew
Or, You feel gloomy and grey and don’t want to step out into the day
Keep Your chin up and go out and about and You will be surprised at what comes your way.