Words To Live By #7 ‘If’ For Girls

 

Quaerite Et Invenietis  “Seek and you will find”

 

“Your vibe attracts your tribe”

 

I posted the poem ‘If’ by Rudyard Kipling on October 15, 2019. I think it is a wonderful poem. Written for his son in 1895, it offers great advice that can be used by anyone.

I came across ‘If For Girls’, a complimentary poem for Kipling’s ‘If’, by American writer J. P. McEvoy. This is a wonderful addition to this series of blogs, especially in todays world where women are becoming more empowered than ever; and it’s about time! Women and men can use this advice, so let’s celebrate the Divine Feminine.

Dedicated to my mother Sylvia Patricia, and my love, Erin.

 

“If you can hear the whispering about you

And never yield to deal in whispers, too;

If you can bravely smile when loved ones doubt you

And never doubt, in turn, what loved ones do;

If you can keep a sweet and gentle spirit

In spite of fame or fortune, rank or place,

And though you win your goal or only near it,

Can win with poise or lose with equal grace;

 

If you can meet with Unbelief, believing,

And hallow in your heart, a simple creed,

If you can meet Deception, undeceiving,

And learn to look to God for all you need;

If you can be what girls should be to mothers:

Chums in joy and comrades in distress,

And be unto others as you’d have the others

Be unto you — no more, and yet no less;

 

If you can keep within your heart the power

To say that firm, unconquerable “No,”

If you can brave a present shadowed hour

Rather than to build a future woe;

If you can love, yet not let loving master,

But keep yourself within you own self’s clasp,

And not let dreaming lead you to disaster

Nor Pity’s fascination loose you grasp;

 

If you can lock your heart on confidences

Nor ever needlessly in turn confide;

If you can put behind you all pretenses

Of mock humility or foolish pride;

If you can keep the simple, homely virtue

Of walking right with God — then have no fear

That anything in all the world can hurt you —

And — which is more — you’ll be a Woman dear.”

 

May God bless and protect you and…

May you always be

Healthy, Happy

Safe and Comfortable

 

Kelly Curtis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21 comments on “Words To Live By #7 ‘If’ For Girls

  1. Vicki says:

    Thank you for “following” my blog not only because I appreciate someone out “there” is interested in my writing but also because it gave me the opportunity to open the door to a genre of blog that I probably would never have come across! I’m not sure I’m searching for spirituality per se but I’m hoping contentment will be close enough!

  2. Kelly, thoroughly enjoyed reading this poem. Yes, women should say No fearlessly.

  3. queadrian says:

    I enjoyed reading your poem, Kelly Curtis🌹

  4. Yeah even I agree that women should say no as no means no!

  5. That is a beautiful poem..

  6. I really needed to read this poem today. I’ve never heard it before and it was perfect synchronicity. Thank you. Looking forward to reading more.

  7. nitinsingh says:

    I red Kipling Kim not poetry 🙂🙂 thnx to share

  8. Called by to leave my thanks for your recent decision to follow Learning from Dogs. Thank you!

  9. jenanita01 says:

    An unusual and interesting twist on the original…

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