Monday, November 06, 2006

If


I have been having a bad day and am in need of some poetry. Thank god for Kipling.







If

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 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 broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with wornout 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 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

2 Comments:

At 10:01 PM, Blogger bombasticbeats said...

I've not read much Kipling, but I like that he calls both "triumph and disaster" "imposters." They do have deceptive traits.

 
At 3:03 PM, Blogger travis said...

I have been thinking about you the past few days
What's going on?
Not a ton new here. Looking forward to Christmas break. I have 11 days off this year and am so looking forward to spending quality time with Hannah and Gloria.
You gonna' be in town for the Holidays? If so, let's hook up.
Ever heard of Irwin McManus (of Mosaic) before? I watched a podcast of his the other day and it really addressed alot of things that I have wrestled with in my head and heart the past few years. It touched something deep within me that I have yet to put my finger on, but have noticed a change. It can be viewed on itunes podcast and is titled something like 'is jesus the way,' or something to that effect.

 

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