When you think you have it,
you have just lost it;

when you think you have arrived,
you have not even started;

when you think you have won,
you have failed.

For the having is in knowing it
was never yours to keep;

the arriving is in continuing to travel;
and the winning in never ceasing to strive.


© John McNeil. All rights reserved.
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