Monday, 1 October 2012

Rudyard Kipling . If

Rudyard Kipling . If

A friend recently posted this on her Facebook feed and I realised anew how perfectly apropos it was in almost every situation of human endevour.·
If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
    And yet don't look too good nor talk too wise;
If you can dream and not make dreams your master;
    If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
    If you can bear to hear the words you've spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two imposters just the same.

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it in one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss.
    If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
    And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the "Will" which says to them "Hold On!"

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
    And - which is more - you'll be a Man my son!

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