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Ready, set...Quit?

Ok the new school year has started and we’re into the third week.  I’ve contacted my agencies and they tell me, it’s been very quiet and as soon as anything comes in they’ll call. My USB stick is all loaded up with alphabet books, I have printed a few things in readiness and have even more ideas written in my notebook.
I cannot believe I’ve been in the UK for six months already.  Which is why when I look at the title of my piece, I’m disappointed.  My visa is for two years and I’m ready to leave inside the first one? Well, not exactly, there is still too much I want to see travel wise (I’ve barely scratched Europe’s surface) and I also want to prove to myself that I can do this!!!

That is how I found myself searching for motivational poems on this Monday morning.  Two caught my eye, the first of which is Don’t Quit, by an unknown author.

Don't Quit

by: Unknown Author

When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
When funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh.
When care is pressing you down a bit.
Rest, if you must, but don't you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns
As every one of us sometimes learns.
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out:
Don't give up though the pace seems slow -
You may succeed with another blow.
Success is failure turned inside out -
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt.
And you never can tell how close you are.
It may be near when it seems so far:
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit
It's when things seem worst that you must not quit.

Turns out that my timing was a little off, as work in the summer term is not always plentiful and I have used an awful lot of my savings to stay over here.  I admit it is tempting to throw in the towel and give up, though I don’t usually do that too easily.  So I won’t quit. I just hope things turn around this week and by Friday I will have been back in the classroom a few times!!!

~ by Kate, an Australian teacher working in Leeds schools through Protocol Education. Click here to read more by Kate.

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