“If” by Rudyard Kipling
If you can keep your head when all it’s 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 of 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 meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two Impostors just the same;
If you can hear 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 them up with worn-out tools.
If you can make one heap of all your winnings and risk it in 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 and turn long after they’re gone,
And so hold on when there’s 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!
At one of my favorite writing creating spots… In the wee hours of the morning…..
Joseph Rudyard Kipling
30th December 1865-
18th January 1936