This poetry by Rudyard Kipling is one of the finest thoughts in words dat I’ve ever come across…we had this poem in school and since the first time I laid my eyes on it I have been a different person…though I have a long way to go… these words reverberates in my mind all da time!! It goes like this…
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are loosing 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, and 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
And stoop and build them up again 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 loose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never speak 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’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 loose 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 man my son.