If ~

A poem by Rudyard Kipling…I love this poem. Sometimes I need a reminder as to what it means to live and this poem does it for me. I have forgotten where I first saw it but my sister drew ma attention to it tonight. It might mean something else to you, whatever the meaning you attribute to it..pls share it

If you can keep your head when all
about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on
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
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to
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
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
Or watch the things you gave your
life to broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with
wornout tools:
If you can make one heap of all your
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-
And lose, and start again at your
And never breathe a word about your
If you can force your heart and nerve
and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are
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!

By Rudyard Kipling, 1894.


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