Start Where You Stand ~ Brenton Braley

Start where you stand and never mind the past,

    The past won’t help you in beginning new,

  If you have left it all behind at last

    Why, that’s enough, you’re done with it, you’re through;

  This is another chapter in the book,

    This is another race that you have planned,

  Don’t give the vanished days a backward look,

    Start where you stand.

  The world won’t care about your old defeats

    If you can start anew and win success,

  The future is your time, and time is fleet

    And there is much of work and strain and stress;

  Forget the buried woes and dead despairs,

    Here is a brand new trial right at hand,

The future is for him who does and dares,

    Start where you stand.

  Old failures will not halt, old triumphs aid,

    To-day’s the thing, to-morrow soon will be;

  Get in the fight and face it unafraid,

    And leave the past to ancient history;

  What has been, has been; yesterday is dead

    And by it you are neither blessed nor banned,

  Take courage, man, be brave and drive ahead,

    Start where you stand.

Berton Braley.


Author: Ray Calabrese

I am an optimistic, can do, and never quit guy. The spirit of hope indelibly marks my DNA. My research at The Ohio State University helped people discover the best in themselves and change their personal lives, public organizations, and whole communities. I bring the same spirit and enthusiasm to my blog to help those who grieve who find themselves suddenly alone, navigate their grieving. Join my more than 24,300Twitter (@alwaysgoodstuff). I promise my tweets are always good stuff. Please feel free to email me at

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