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When To Give Up

Updated on June 11, 2012

When to act and when to wait....

"Strike while the iron is hot?"
"Strike while the iron is hot?" | Source

If at first....

Give up on the small things, if you must.

Hold fast on the big things, unless there is a path to valid compromise.

Will every battle end in victory?

Not likely. Slip away and live to fight another day.

Wishing doesn’t make it so; doing does.

Choose your battles; conserve your forces; fight smarter before harder.

Assets must be chosen for their most effective use.

Spreading them too thinly insures they are ineffective.

Insure that the messages get to the people who must act.

Remember the nail, the shoe, the horse, the rider, the message.

Some battles aren’t worth winning.

Never surrender what you have already won at heavy cost.

Some battles are worth committing everything available.

When to give up?

Winston Churchill said “Never, never, never give up.”

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© 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

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      catgypsy 5 years ago from the South

      Some battles aren’t worth winning...I love this one. I usually never give up, but there are times when you should. Nice hub.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      flashmakeit: I wonder why the expression became "to give up" instead of "to give down"? Presumably it had something to do with running "up" a white flag; do you suppose?

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      picklesandrufus: I am glad it was worth a second reading, and a vote Up. Thanks for your comment.

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      flashmakeit 5 years ago from usa

      Never give up! Thank you for the encouraging poem.

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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Every line makes an important statement.Had to read it a few times and absorb it all. Vote up

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      Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Yes, Perspycacious, that says it all. Bravo.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Amy Becherer: The survivors of the 551st stated, even today as their numbers dwindle further: "We always presumed victory would be ours because we were the best."

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      Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      It is important to pick your battles carefully. I cannot bear the thought "all for naught". It is always too early to give up hope. I have found that it's often true that "it is darkest before the dawn." Winning means many things, but one will never know, unless resolve and commitment stands firm.

      Great piece, Perspycacious, as the difference between achievement and defeat are in a mindset.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      ...a horse was lost, so a rider was lost, so a message was lost, so a battle was lost, etc. In the Battle of the Bulge, British General Montgomery had the 551st US Infantry Battalion withdraw from a town they had fought and died to capture (apparently so his frontline would be a straight line without their salient.) Later the same US battaliion was ordered to retake the town.

      After they did so, they had had such heavy casualties in their operations that their original 800 men were down to 100, giving them the name "The Lost Battalion." At that point their battalion ceased to exist, and the survivors were absorbed into other units.

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      MissMelissaK 5 years ago from Stuart, Florida

      Nice job!:)

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      Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      a nail was lost - so a shoe was lost- a shoe was lost- so a horse was lost- a horse was lost- so a battle was lost- a battle was lost- so a kingdom was lost. All was lost, because of a nail was lost.

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      Bill 5 years ago from western pennsylvania

      Great Poem. Good read. I agree I hate to give up.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      wow I agree never give up.. I love your poem.. sop inspiring

      voted up

      Debbie