If wishes worked like magic
And plans worked that way, too
And if everything you wished for,
Whether good or bad for you,
Immediately were granted
With no effort on your part,
You'd experience no fulfillment
Of your spirit or your heart,
For things achieved too easily
Lose their charm and meaning, too,
For it is life's difficulties
And the trial-times we go through
That make us strong in spirit
And endow us with the will
To surmount the insurmountable
And to climb the highest hill.
So wish not for the easy way
To win your heart's desire,
For the joy's in overcoming
And withstanding flood and fire,
For to triumph over trouble
And grow stronger with defeat
Is to win the kind of victory
That will make your life complete.

Helen Steiner Rice

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