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How much grit.

How much grit.

This week’s poem is by Edgar Guest. I chose it because it is reminiscent of the writing of Dr. Suess and because it flips the script on quitting as something that’s easy to do. I’ve written about quitting before and have once again cycled back to the importance of quitting as a practice. In the muchness of our world today, quitting can be an essential tool that allows us to move with greater clarity, effectiveness, and ease as we do the creative work that matters to us.

What are you struggling to quit or let go of in life right now?

On Quitting

Edgar Guest


How much grit do you think you've got?
Can you quit a thing that you like a lot?
You may talk of pluck; it's an easy word,
And where'er you go it is often heard;
But can you tell to a jot or guess
Just how much courage you now possess?

You may stand to trouble and keep your grin,
But have you tackled self-discipline?
Have you ever issued commands to you
To quit the things that you like to do,
And then, when tempted and sorely swayed,
Those rigid orders have you obeyed?

Don't boast of your grit till you've tried it out,
Nor prate to men of your courage stout,
For it's easy enough to retain a grin
In the face of a fight there's a chance to win,
But the sort of grit that is good to own
Is the stuff you need when you're all alone.

How much grit do you think you've got?
Can you turn from joys that you like a lot?
Have you ever tested yourself to know
How far with yourself your will can go?
If you want to know if you have grit,
Just pick out a joy that you like, and quit.

It's bully sport and it's open fight;
It will keep you busy both day and night;
For the toughest kind of a game you'll find
Is to make your body obey your mind.
And you never will know what is meant by grit
Unless there's something you've tried to quit.

Let it be easy.

Let it be easy.

Move with ease.

Move with ease.