Life skills: A lesson from history

Everything’s easy after it’s done;

Every battle’s a “cinch” that’s won;

Every problem is clear that’s solved —

The earth was round when it revolved!

But Washington stood amid grave doubt

With enemy forces camped about;

He could not know how he would fare

Till and after he’d crossed the Delaware.

Though the river was full of ice

He did not think about it twice,

But started across in the

dead of night,

The enemy waiting to open the fight.

Likely feeling pretty blue,

Being human, same as you,

But he was brave amid despair,

And Washington crossed the Delaware!

So when you’re with trouble beset,

And your spirits are soaking wet,

When all the sky with clouds is black,

Don’t lie down upon your back

And look at them. Just do the thing;

Though you are choked, still

try to sing.

If times are dark, believe them fair,

And you will cross the Delaware!