A Haiku - Effort

Effortless Living? Forget that one!

A Haiku - Effort

A man once thought "Stop!"

"He who hesitates is lost."

Start and persist now.


Edison's light bulb

Was one of many efforts

Before it gave light.


The Wrights' first flight log

May well have cited failure.

Instant success? Posh!


Try, try again then.

Set your mind to it; focus.

To win you must try!


And when it's hardest?

The victory is sweetest.

Sweat equity, yes!















Born doomed to failure? Yet some live as to make it so.

Anything worth doing is worth doing. Much of life is like driving a car or flying a plane on automatic pilot. It's the rest of life which is the real report card.


So often we become our own uneducated psychologist, counseling ourselves unwisely, listening to our own fears drowning out our worthwhile intents, urging undue caution, accepting as normal for us that which is retarding our growth and potential for success.


I recall someone saying "What Man can imagine, Man can do." Some imagine failure and fail, while others imagine success and strive on to achieve it.


Is the lack of peace in our world because it is unachieveable, or is it because no one has inspired us to imagine it is really possible?


Can goodness triumph over evil, righteousness over sin, human goodness over inhumanity? The final answers have not been written, but anything and everything is still possible.



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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

Not versed in Haiku, but apart from the form (which seems satisfactory), your content is motivational. Thank you.


Memuna Umber 2 years ago

Very motivational, and I like your tone!


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

MsDora - While a standard Japanese haiku may be just the three lines, and I am told that a series of Japanese haiku is called a senryu, this series follows the standard 5-7-5 syllables form in each. I prefer what I call "an American haiku" written about human nature in contrast to the Japanese haiku written about Mother Nature. The intent was to be motivational, so in that at least I succeeded for you and for Memuna Umber.


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whonunuwho 2 years ago from United States

Insightful and mind stretching words, my friend. whonu


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AliciaC 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I like the haiku and the rest of the text. Your hub is both motivational and encouraging!


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

whonunuwho - From a prolific and profound Hubber comes a much appreciated comment. Thanks.

AliciaC - It's nice to hear from another neighbor to the northwest. You live in another of the most beautiful places in the world. thanks for adding your encouragement.


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aviannovice 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Anything is possible--always.


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Exactly one of my closing captions on the Hub I am just finishing on the subject of faith. We are on the same wavelength you and I. It must be our Maine connection.


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Perspycacious 21 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Memuna Umber - thanks for reading, commenting, and mentioning your appreciation for the tone of this Hub.


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Perspycacious 21 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Memuna Umber - thanks for reading, commenting, and mentioning your appreciation for the tone of this Hub.

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