Monday, February 23, 2009

IF by Rudyard Kipling

The poem IF by Rudyard Kipling has always been one of my favourite poems till date. The poem is truly inspirational ; particularly even more so in these testing gloomy times of economic depression.
I wish to share this poem with you & hope that it continues to inspire you too!!
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


why do we:
- gloat on other's misfortunes?
- dont practice what we alwayz preach?
- keep cribbing instead of being agents of change?
- not let go of the past & fail to look forward to new beginings?
- get swayed by religious & ethnocentric bigots?
- not have the courage to speak up & instead turn a blind eye?
The list goes on..