Wednesday, March 22, 2006


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
youngest-ever recipient Nobel Prize for Literature


Poi said...

It's all about positive outlook in life and having the right captain for our ships.

Positivity/Optimisim is always a plus ++++++.

Thinking outside the box.

Seeing the good instead of the bad.

It all reminded me of choosing to say a glass is half FULL instead of half empty.

Nice post!

ziwani said...


UARIDI said...

I have always like that one. But I guess it is because I am the one who pulls out my hair!!!

strawberriesare said...

This has brought tears to my eyes. Its beautiful, I would like to strive to be that person. A hard battle but non the less one that has to be fought.
Thank you Joe,I know late, but you have no idea how much this is speaking to me, at this very moment. Thank you. Please uplift me, when you give your thanks.

egm said...

Very late to the game. But still very appreciative of that poem. Speaks to my exact situation and how I need to work towards what Kipling says!