If….

Just came across this classic poem by Rudyard Kipling…and thought it would be nice to share with all my readers…..Enjoy folks! 🙂 

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IF………….
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 meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath 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!

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

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8 thoughts on “If….

  1. If ever I needed to read this poem again it was today and the first 2 lines

    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;

    are just what i am experiencing.

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  2. If ever I needed to read this poem again it was today and the first 2 lines

    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;

    are just what i am experiencing.

    Thanks Amruta for posting it today.

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  3. Good and wise poem. But why do we have to prepare ourselves for the worst always? Is it because we need to expect the worst to happen to us some time or other in life? Or is it because we need to be prepared, if at all all the worst happens? Makes us wonder if we need to be prepared for the best as well?

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  4. Hi Rajesh,

    Thanks for your comments, and welcome to the blog. 🙂

    Well, that’s a very good point you wrote in the end! Yes, we never really think about being prepared for the best. But we need to that! If we had, there wouldn’t have been cases of success going into people’s heads!! 🙂

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  5. Hi Amruta

    This is really great poem.
    This poem really guides us to ideal way of living with the finest tips of ARTS OF LIVING.

    Good choice to put on blog.

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