Words To Live By #2 – “IF”

‘If’ was written by English Nobel Laureate Rudyard Kipling circa 1895, as a tribute to Leander Starr Jameson. The poem offers – in Kipling’s own words – ” counsels of perfection most easy to give.” The poem also gives fatherly advice to the poets son John.

I decided to include this poem in my series because, even though some of it may seem dated, it still offers some gems of advice to anyone, not just someone’s son.

 

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 imposters 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 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!

 

 

May God bless and protect you and…

May you always be

Healthy, Happy

Safe and Comfortable

 

Kelly Curtis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 comments on “Words To Live By #2 – “IF”

  1. Zeeshan Amin says:

    We commonly hear “no ifs and buts” but words like “if” become so progressive when turned like “what if?”

  2. Jenny Furse says:

    This is a beautiful poem. I’m so glad you decided to include it. I think, too, that even if we can’t do all of these things every day, we are well on our way IF we try. God bless!

  3. kunstkitchen says:

    True Words for the times we live in. Thanks

  4. This has long been a favorite of mine. Glad you like it, too. ❤

  5. Kelly Curtis says:

    Yes, the words ring true even today. Thanks for visiting.

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