by Rudyard Kipling
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 on 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 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!
I hope you enjoyed a little inspiration today!
So True and Beautifully written ❤
Thanks ~ he did a great job, didn’t he? Hope the move going well for you! ♥
Yes, he did. Still packing away 🙂
Love this poem Yvonne! Thank you for the inspiration today 🙂
Thank you for stopping by Val! ♥
Yvonne, thank you. It is inspiring. And is my favorite poem.
Oh I’m so excited ~ your favorite poem! How wonderful ~ one of my favs too! ♥
There’s another connect for us.
Love this Yvonne.
Thanks David! 🙂
One of my favorite poems! Thank you.
Thank you ~ I loved it as well! ♥
Thanks for the inspiration hon!
Thanks for being here with me! ♥
Yvonne you are an inspiration to me and because of what you have endured you bring the gift of gratitude in every post. Love that poem but love your light even more. Thank you for always keeping that optimism and sharing it with all of us. Shine on my friend. I agree its the tiniest actions that can make a world of difference.
I love that you understand and that you continue to strive to shine like the sun! Isn’t it the best when we connect with like-minded people! I appreciate you! ♥