22 Feb

“Life is a journey, not a destination.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


Too many look past
The sweat and the grind
Want the gold prize
But are idle inclined

Now I don’t claim
To be some dynamo
To tell you the truth
I’m feeling quite slow

From the aches and the pains
That are holding me back
But slow as I go
I don’t curb my attack

‘Cause it’s not about how
Fast you finish the race
In fact there’s no finish
It’s all in the chase

It’s running the road
That you know never ends
And pushing yourself
When it always extends

Accepting that there
Is no end in sight
Pushing on boldly
With all of your might

Not looking beside you
To see how the others
Compare with your pace
Or you with another’s

It’s about your potential
Finding your limit
And pushing it further
When you’d much rather quit

It’s about being spent
Completely tapped out
Then roaring with vigor
A primeval shout

“I’ll never give up
It’s not in my code
I’ll keep trudging on
Even though slowed”

Endurance and faith
Conviction and will
Awake in yourself
And in others, instill

And after a while
As others have sat
And you’ve ground your feet
Till they’re ragged and flat

They’ll marvel at all
That you have attained
From running the road
From not being chained

And they’ll want the same
And maybe they too
Will have the conviction
To follow it through

But remind them that it
Does come at a price
Before they lace up
Give this sound advice:

“There’s no end in sight
There won’t be a finish
The harder you grind
The more you diminish

It’s the warrior’s code
To give it your all
And when legs start to buckle
Well, then you can crawl

The goal is to always
Be moving forward
That is the prize
The grind will reward”


16 Responses to “Grind”

  1. Bonnie February 22, 2012 at 1:24 pm #

    Beautifully written, Miro.

    • Miro February 22, 2012 at 3:16 pm #

      Thanks Bonnie, glad you enjoyed it.
      Peace & grace,

  2. daydreamingactress February 22, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

    i love this- and desperately needed something like this to push me today- kudos!

  3. Deb February 22, 2012 at 2:17 pm #

    An excellent poem, and a worthy one at that, my friend…getting inspiration from you everyday.
    Hugs, xx

    • Miro February 22, 2012 at 3:16 pm #

      Thanks Deb, glad to hear it.
      Peace & grace,

  4. granbee February 22, 2012 at 2:49 pm #

    Moving forward, especially within your own soul, is the answer here. Just that, no more! Wonderful. Very inspirational as a First Day of Lent, Ash Wednesday, meditation, Miro! Bless you!

    • Miro February 22, 2012 at 3:17 pm #

      Thanks Granbee. I didn’t realize today was Ash Wednesday. Perhaps we should treat every day as such. 🙂
      Peace & grace,

  5. Tom (Aquatom1968) February 22, 2012 at 3:00 pm #

    A very encouraging poem, Miro. Keep on keeping on! 😀

    • Miro February 22, 2012 at 3:18 pm #

      Thank you, glad it resonated with you Tom.
      Peace & grace,

  6. Soma Mukherjee February 22, 2012 at 11:38 pm #

    Love it love it love it…just beautiful..
    Miro all your poems are so full of lovely messages of wisdom and inspiration
    to keep moving doing our best for ourselves and others…

  7. Mike Fisk February 23, 2012 at 12:59 am #

    Another great one Miro! Thanks &God Bless!

  8. Nandini February 23, 2012 at 7:05 am #

    Great words and well complied in poem.. 🙂 What a motivation for me! Thank you, Miro. 🙂

  9. Christy February 23, 2012 at 10:30 am #

    The experience is in the journey rather than the end result. Here, here! Well done!

  10. lscotthoughts February 23, 2012 at 10:06 pm #

    Awesome, Miro, and moving forward is the key when bumps in the road slow you down. It’s difficult, but doable and thanks for your encouragement~It’s been tough, lately, with my Mom’s passing and my hubby being very ill, so this was a good read! Blessings to you~

  11. willofheart February 24, 2012 at 10:44 am #

    I love the encouragement from the piece, this is very uplifting, as always beautifully written…

  12. Sue Dreamwalker February 24, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

    Ive ran, and Ive crawled, and one time I sat still, but the urge to carry on was so great.. The race is never over until we all pass the finish line! 🙂 ~Sue

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