INSPIRATION FOR THE DAY: If you can keep your head when all about you…

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If you can keep your head when all about you…

Unless you are a non-reader (I actually know of someone in the public eye who brags about never reading books) then you’ve no doubt read these words before. I beg forgiveness from all the Rudyard Kipling fans for replacing a couple words in the last sentence. When you read them, you’ll know why.

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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 on 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 true adult my child!

 

(for those who’ve not read this powerful poem before, we replaced, “you’ll be a man” with “you’ll be an adult.” Sorry Rudyard, we trust you ‘d understand and forgive this minor editing to fit today’s realities.

Rudyard Kipling

headJoseph Rudyard Kipling was an English journalist, short-story writer, poet, and novelist. Kipling’s works of fiction include The Jungle Book, Kim, and many short stories, including “The Man Who Would Be King”. Wikipedia
Born: December 30, 1865, Mumbai, India
Died: January 18, 1936, London, United Kingdom

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