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“There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.” Nelson Mandela

Inspiration: There Is No Easy Walk…

Anoushka Shankar & Norah JonesEasy

Carry On by Robert William Service
It’s easy to fight when everything’s right,
And you’re mad with the thrill and the glory;
It’s easy to cheer when victory’s near,
And wallow in fields that are gory.
It’s a different song when everything’s wrong,
When you’re feeling infernally mortal;
When it’s ten against one, and hope there is none,
Buck up, little soldier, and chortle:

Carry on! Carry on!
There isn’t much punch in your blow.
You’re glaring and staring and hitting out blind;
You’re muddy and bloody, but never you mind.
Carry on! Carry on!
You haven’t the ghost of a show.
It’s looking like death, but while you’ve a breath,
Carry on, my son! Carry on! Contd below

Sometimes, I wish for those languid days of uncomplicated living and being… It was a time, albeit brief, when I had nary a care in the world, love and life and all in it seemed like a breeze; easy and sweet. Had I known the gift of that period, I would have lingered over coffee and croissants in that bar scene… But now, we must carry on for there is no easy walk.

“Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one’s thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Inspiration: There Is No Easy Walk…

And so in the strife of the battle of life
It’s easy to fight when you’re winning;
It’s easy to slave, and starve and be brave,
When the dawn of success is beginning.
But the man who can meet despair and defeat
With a cheer, there’s the man of God’s choosing;
The man who can fight to Heaven‘s own height
Is the man who can fight when he’s losing.

Carry on! Carry on!
Things never were looming so black.
But show that you haven’t a cowardly streak,
And though you’re unlucky you never are weak.
Carry on! Carry on!
Brace up for another attack.
It’s looking like hell, but — you never can tell:
Carry on, old man! Carry on! Contd below

Sometimes, I wish I could go back to the first time I realized, finally, that I could ride a two wheeler bicycle and not fall off… Hurtling down the street after numerous tries, family dog in pursuit, I steadied myself and felt the wind in my hair and power in my calves. Had I known to parlay the gift of that experience into daring to try new rides, to climb new hills, to act boldly on new circumstances, I would have lingered awhile to internalize the power of that moment… But now, we must march on for there is no easy walk.
What special moments of experience and grace have given you courage to carry on your life? More below!

“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.” Marie Curie

Inspiration: There Is No Easy Walk…

There are some who drift out in the deserts of doubt,
And some who in brutishness wallow;
There are others, I know, who in piety go
Because of a Heaven to follow.
But to labour with zest, and to give of your best,
For the sweetness and joy of the giving;
To help folks along with a hand and a song;
Why, there’s the real sunshine of living.

Carry on! Carry on!
Fight the good fight and true;
Believe in your mission, greet life with a cheer;
There’s big work to do, and that’s why you are here.
Carry on! Carry on!
Let the world be the better for you;
And at last when you die, let this be your cry:
Carry on, my soul! Carry on! via

Sometimes, I wish I could go back to that day when, in the aftermath of 9/11, I said yes to flying again… I boarded a flight to Oakland, California; palms sweating, head spinning, legs a tad hesitant, but I did it anyway. I pushed past the fear, a temporary plight, and my lifelong love for flying came back. Had I known to capture the essence of that moment and translate it into pushing past the fear to accomplish x, y and z, I would have paused that moment and seared it into every cell in my being… But now, we must take our own advice, carry on and persevere for there is no easy walk.

Stay Inspired! What are your thoughts? How do you handle the uneasy walks in your life? What do you think no easy walk means in your journey? What infinite moments of experience and grace have given you courage to carry on in your life? Do share! Thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚

*Please bear with me as I continue to catch up on your blogs and commentingโ€ฆ Thank you all for your patience! ๐Ÿ™‚

Positive Motivation Tip: While there is no easy walk in life, we all have gifts that we bring to this planet and we must not give up hope of accomplishing them… Carry on!

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photosย  Easy Rider via Wikipedia and Easy Bar by Gwen,ย  Easy Jetting by _Dave Adams via Flickr

Until Next Timeโ€ฆ
Ask. Believe. Receive. ยฉ
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

45 Comments leave one →
  1. 23/05/2012 1:39 am

    Elizabeth what a perfect song selection for the post. Reading your thoughts at 4am. Thinking. Remembering. The joys. The difficulties of life’s walk. The passing of my daughter. The love she brought to this walk of life. Beautiful post Liz. God bless you my friend..

    • 23/05/2012 8:27 pm

      Oh Walter… my heart goes out to you. It is a moving song and with wistful undertones. Sending you hugs and healing light… She was a beautiful light in your life and her spirit is close to you…

  2. 23/05/2012 1:40 am

    My dearest Elizabeth, you know how much I enjoy each and every blog post you put up, but this spoke out and reached out to me in a very different way. Thank you so much for this wonderful call to carry on – despite it all. It’s called growing up and building inner stamina isn’ it? Thank you once again for the wonderful work that you send out to the world each time! Much love, Sharon

    • 23/05/2012 8:29 pm

      TY Sharon for your feedback… I needed it as much as I shared it. we must carry on even against the odds. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • 24/05/2012 6:31 am

        Oh isn’t it so true that so often we post what we have learnt the deepest and draw strength from the lessons learnt. Wishing you a meaningful day full of loveliness and happiness. Hugs, Sharon

      • 25/05/2012 8:10 pm

        Have a blessed weekend Sharon! {{HUGS ๐Ÿ™‚ }}

  3. 23/05/2012 2:31 am

    Rugby is hugely popular where I live and while I’m not much of a fan (unlike my husband and children!) I must say I love the motto of the Munster rugby team – “To the brave and faithful, nothing is impossible.”
    Thanks, Elizabeth.

    • 23/05/2012 8:31 pm

      TY for the Rugby motto… but I am tempted to say that even to the brave and faithful, some things are impossible … and it’s okay. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. 23/05/2012 3:08 am

    “What infinite moments of experience and grace
    have given you courage to carry on in your life?”

    leaving the local narrow minds of my little hometown
    meeting open minded people via Internet …

    • 23/05/2012 8:33 pm

      Good for you Frizz to have found an open minded community on the internet… Perhaps some day you’ll get to meet some of your buddies. TY! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. 23/05/2012 4:56 am

    Excellent. Can’t get enough of Nora Jones! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 23/05/2012 8:34 pm

      TY! She does have an amazing voice and Anoushka’s sultry voice compliments Nora’s…. that’s what sisterhood is about. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. 23/05/2012 5:48 am

    You’re certainly inspiring with your words…words from others…and music…great combination…thanks for letting us have some of the insight you seem to truly have in life’s trials as well as joys…~mkg

    • 23/05/2012 8:36 pm

      TY Marilyn! This post has given me some comfort too and I appreciate how others have felt same. We all need encouragement. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. 23/05/2012 6:09 am

    Thanks for these words of encouragement today.

    • 23/05/2012 8:36 pm

      TY for your feedback and for checking in Leanne. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. 23/05/2012 6:32 am

    The words are inspiring but like the quote above, harder to turn into action! This post though, gives me strength! Thank you for that! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 23/05/2012 8:38 pm

      I’m glad you are strengthened by it… same here. I fell madly in love with the poem when I read it and the rest evolved. I will keep it close by. TY! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. 23/05/2012 7:37 am

    What a powerful poem … thank you so much for posting it. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, as I did the rest of your post.

    • 23/05/2012 8:38 pm

      TY dear Orples! It was a wonderful and surprise discovery… just what I needed and more like serendipity. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. 23/05/2012 7:43 am

    What lovely reminders. I feel calmer already.

    • 23/05/2012 8:39 pm

      I’m glad you do… and I am feeling the steadiness of it too. TY! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Bree permalink
    23/05/2012 11:07 am

    What a powerful and provocative post and poem. There is sadness in this post and want to encourage you to carry on. Your flame is brighter than you imagine. Thank you for sharing it.

    • 23/05/2012 8:40 pm

      TY for your insights and kind words… I am touched by them. Thank you again. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. 23/05/2012 11:14 am

    I loved this track! thank you so much for sharing it…:)

  13. 23/05/2012 11:26 am

    Thank you I haven’t heard any Norah for far too long!

    • 23/05/2012 8:42 pm

      Isn’t she wonderful… and you know Anoushka is her half sister? Beautiful voices. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. 23/05/2012 12:43 pm

    Carry on through the wind and the rain! This is my mantra. The words of Mandela are so very true. No victory worth the effort is ever easily won!

    • 23/05/2012 8:50 pm

      Granbee, TY for your comment above. I really love your mantra. ๐Ÿ™‚ Mandela’s words leaped at me when I first read them… I’m glad to share. ;-

  15. 23/05/2012 5:55 pm

    Thank You for this post! Carry On! I’ve had a really personally challenging month. There have been moments where I could feel that I could be changing in ways I may have not been able to when all is well. Digging deep so many times this month finding new stregths admist the tears and the sleep. Really Great Poem.

    • 23/05/2012 8:58 pm

      My heart goes out to you… There is so much pain and struggle in our world and with the economy as it is, more are hurting. Many have turned their pain inward to avoid being a burden to others but it’s not the best approach. At least, seek the support and care of even one friend. We all need to be heard. I’m glad you love the poem… I cherish it and I pray it helps you find your footing this month. Be blessed! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • 24/05/2012 8:29 am

        I think your right it is really important to have at least one person in this life that you can share what’s going on and how you feel about it. Yes, I am sad at how so many have been struggling. It’s been a radical time of change for many. Thanks Again for post. :+)

  16. 23/05/2012 6:15 pm

    I adore Norah Jones! ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. 23/05/2012 10:15 pm

    I didn’t know Anoushka! I’m so delighted for the introduction! As always, Eliz, such a good encouragement. I particularly enjoyed your thoughts on post 9-11 flying…I’m not quite there with you…yet! I’m afraid I haven’t pushed back the fear, even yet! It’s complicated ๐Ÿ™‚ Debra

    • 25/05/2012 7:57 pm

      I hope you overcome your fear of flying sometime soon… Trust that you will be fine and then brave it. I love the music and glad you do too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. 23/05/2012 11:12 pm

    Uneasy walks in life…with heart pounding and brain swirling, I turn to prayer because it’s always available and it’s free. Thanks!!

    • 25/05/2012 7:58 pm

      Prayer has been a great shield in my life too and I turn to it often… TY! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. 24/05/2012 3:51 am

    This is the second article in a row I don’t know how to comment to….. I am not sure if it is just because I have a rotton cold and can’t think straight, or if it because I really can’t find and answer from my life…..

    • 25/05/2012 8:00 pm

      Robin dear, You are probably tired and need some rest to help with your cold. When I’m exhausted or sick, I usually can’t think clearly… Sending you healing light and love. Get well soon…

  20. Robyn permalink
    24/05/2012 11:10 pm

    Your poem really touched me. I am on a search to look for the positive and stop living in fear. I am reading a really great book right now. It is called, “Being You: How To Live Authentically” by author Gerard M. Doyle. This is a non-fiction self help book to show readers how to be confident and live life without fear or anxiety. I am learning that happiness comes from within, no matter what life dishes out!

    • 25/05/2012 8:02 pm

      TY for your comment. I’m glad that the post offered some comfort to you. Thank you too for suggesting a book. I will add the link to my post so others can access it. Happiness is an inside job. I agree.
      Blessings! ๐Ÿ™‚


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