"Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.“ ~ Thomas Edison ~
I was fortunate enough to have worked by my father’s side in a family business for fifteen-years. They were easily the most rewarding and memorable years of my life in which he taught me many things, but showed me so much more.
Now, although there are no guarantees in this world one of the many things he taught me was to never give up! In fact, this verse used to be displayed on the desk in our company’s home office not only for his grandchildren, but also for my brothers and I to read on a regular basis.
It has inspired and help me get through many of life’s peaks and valleys. Always serving as a reminder to never quit, no matter how bad things look. I truly hope whatever your own trials, tribulations or dreams may be, it does the same for you.
This is the way Grandpa looks at it
There’s a time to part and a time to meet.
There’s a time to work and a time to play.
There’s a time to sing and a time to pray.
There’s a time to be glad and a time that’s blue.
There’s a time to plan and a time to do.
There’s a time to grin and a time to show your grit.
But there never was a time to quit!
I would also like to share the following story; As I was driving home from work one day and stopped to watch a local Little League baseball game that was being played in a park near my home.
After I sat down behind the bench on the first-base line, I asked one of the boys what the score was. “We’re behind 14 to nothing,” he answered with a smile on his face. “Really” I said. “I have to say you don't look very discouraged."
"Discouraged?" the boy asked with a puzzled look. “Why should we be discouraged? We haven't even been up to bat yet."
I don’t know who wrote this story, but I do know that when it appears you are losing and think the odds are impossible, you should remember this little boy.
About the Author: Richard Lawrence Belford is an Inspirational Writer, a father of two daughters and the eldest of three sons who grew up in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He has been on a twenty-year creative journey that’s been fueled by his genuine desire to provide faith, comfort & hope to those in grief. His favorite parable is Footprints and just loves how its meaningful last line makes him feel no matter how many times he reads it.
His inspirational writings have been illustrated with photography on a series of wall décor products beautifully designed by Reed Photo Art & Imaging Inc that are professionally printed on metallic photographic paper with a UV protective laminate with a contemporary black beveled edge.
A complete collection of these inspiring products can be viewed by visiting the following link to his website. www.richardlawrencebelford.ca/product-gallery.php
He’s also written “It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See You Later” a bereavement book that includes a collection of his inspirational parables, accompanied by the stories behind their creation and genuinely hopes that those who read it will be inspired to always say I’ll see you later, instead of goodbye.
A parable by definition is a symbolic short story that illustrates or teaches some truth, religious principle or moral lesson. He trusts that his parables, along with these stories will stir some emotions in you that we’ve all felt, emotions that can help bring some small measure of solace to those suffering the loss of someone dear to their heart.
Richard hopes to have his book published in the near future and is not only looking to partner with a suitable publishing company, but also with a designer, manufacturer and international wholesale canvas wall décor distributor.
"An Illustrated Inspirational Verse is like a Song for those who cannot Sing!™”
~ Richard Lawrence Belford ~