GRANDMA'S ADVICE

J. G. Braddock Sr.

Grandma always had lots of good advice;
As a child I stayed with her for a span,
And each time I sniveled or whined she’d say,
“Stand up on your hind legs and play the man.”

I may not have turned out the best I can be,
But I grew into a much better man than
I would have without Grandma’s advice to
Stand up on my hind legs and play the man.

If you’re ready to lie down and die
Because life isn’t going as you planned;
Grandma’s advice is worth sharing with you:
Stand up on your hind legs and play the man.

You think life’s been unfair to you, so what;
Man’s faced adversity since time began;
Why sit and whimper like a beaten dog;
Stand up on your hind legs and play the man.

You thought you had the good life all laid out,
Then things happened that were not in your plan;
Man’s best laid plans are known to go astray;
Stand up on your hind legs and play the man.

You whine that you are a born loser, that
In life’s rat race you’re an also-ran;
No “poor me” attitude will win first place;
Stand up on your hind legs and play the man.

You say yesterday you were riding high,
But today, stuff worse than mud hit the fan;
All successful men have some on their face;
Stand up on your hind legs and play the man.

You wonder why most of your efforts fail;
You too often say “I can’t,” not “I can.”
Only he who perseveres succeeds;
Stand up on your hind legs and play the man.

You’re ready to quit when the scheme you had
Turned out to be just a flash in the pan;
Quitters never win, winners never quit;
Stand up on your hind legs and play the man.

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