Helen Steiner Rice (Read & Share)

Trouble is a Stepping-Stone to Growth

Trouble is something no one can Escape,

Everyone has it in some form or shape–

Some people hide it way down deep inside,

Some people bear it with gallant-like pride,

Some people worry and complain of their lot,

Some people covet what they haven’t got,

While others rebel and become bitter and old

With hopes that are dead and hearts that are cold…

But the wise man accepts whatever God Sends,

Willing to yield like a storm-tossed tree bends,

Knowing that God never makes a mistake,

So whatever He sends they are willing to take–

For trouble is part and parcel of life

And no man can grow without Trouble and Strife,

And the steep hills ahead and high mountain peaks

Afford man at last the peace that he seeks–

So blest are the people who learn to accept

The trouble men try to escape and reject,

For in our acceptance

we’re given great grace

And courage and faith and the strength to face

The daily troubles that come to us all

So we may learn to stand “straight and tall”–

For the grandeur of life is born of defeat

For in overcoming we make life complete.

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