GREATEST OF GLORIES

I N S P I R A T I O N


Confucius said, "our greatest glory is not to never fall, but to rise every time we do fall". 

I found this quotation on a "post it" sticker on my daughter's bedroom wall. This was several years ago, and I would think she must have been using it to bolster herself up for an examination of some sort. 

The song gave me a way of hitting back at a nasty situation I found myself in, with regard to one particular employer. You can listen to this track on Soundcloud.


Greatest Of Glories

Sometimes I wake, before the sun rises, 

While half of the world lies asleep on its bed,

And I think of the stress, which I seemed to face daily,

And the people I'd rather have worked for instead.

It's taken a while, but now I see clearly,

You need to be wise, and you need to have spine,

Or sooner or later, you'll fall down the hole,

Which you dig for the men, who won't stand in line.

Chorus

Before you can run, you must first learn to walk,

And before you can walk, you must first learn to crawl,

But the greatest of glories, the greatest of glories,

The greatest of glories is to rise when you fall.


No-one survives by stripping the assets,

From those who seek truly to give of their best.

Soon you'll be found to be foolish and lacking,

When your ignorant thinking is put to the test.

There's more to this life than mere profit and loss,

And this no measure of the worth of a man.

The heart of the matter is that you go out naked,

As naked you came when your life here began.


None of this matters to me anymore,

As the pastures of plenty are calling me on.

Some day you'll see the truth of the thought,

That you just don't know what you've got 'til it's gone.

Sometimes I wake before the sun rises,

While half of the world lies asleep on its bed,

And I think of the stress I seemed to face daily,

And the people I'd rather have worked for instead.


Paul J Openshaw (1993 ish)



© Paul J Openshaw 2012