It gets hard sometimes. You know, being in business for yourself. At least it does for me. Some days I don’t want to get up early before the kids wake. I want to snuggle deeper into my pillow and pull the covers over my head. Some days, I don’t get any new clients, though I work hard, and I feel like giving up.
Some months, the pay is less than expected…way less, and I wonder if I made the right decision. And sometimes, though I don’t like to admit it, running a home business can seem hopelessly hard.
On one such times, I came across an old poem that I had learned way back in elementary school. When I saw the title, the words of the poem came flooding back to my mind. Who knew then that I would need these words now.
They are the words of a mother to her son, during a time when it seemed hopeless to even exist. Though written for that time, the message is strong to any work at home mom or dad needing encouragement. I’ll share it with you…
Mother to Son
Well, son, I’ll tell you:
Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.
It’s had tacks in it,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor –
But all the time
I’se been a-climbin’ on,
And reachin’ landin’s,
And turnin’ corners,
And sometimes goin’ in the dark
Where there ain’t been no light.
So, boy, don’t you turn back.
Don’t you set down on the steps
‘Cause you finds it kinder hard.
Don’t you fall now –
For I’se still goin’, honey,
I’se still climbin,
And life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.
~ Langston Hughes
Keep going. Keep climbing. Don’t give up. The darkest part of night is just before the dawn. Every situation can be used for our good, if we choose to learn from it and apply the lesson. Besides, how will you get your fascinating “journey to success” story if you don’t encounter hard times.
Now, it’s your turn to share… Have you ever felt like giving up on your home business? What helped you to persevere?