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This is one of my absolutely favourite poems. I think the words within this will serve us now and forever, especially during times of challenge. The poem talks about how to handle times of crisis, when things are out of our control and we feel that there is no justice. We’ve all been there. I have recorded a short 3 minute video where I read out the poem and then I’ve included the lyrics below. I hope this serves as inspiration to you as well.

‘if’ 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 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 (1865-1936)

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7 Comments to this post:

  • sandhya Says:
    September 28th, 2009 | 01:13 am

    Thanks for reminding me of my purpose .I m a firm beleiver in cosmic intelligence , it guides us towards the avenues which help to fulfill the purpose behind our existence .

    I have heard this poem in my school and when I needed it it reappears through someone somewhere just like today ,

    thanks again !

    I would love to follow whatever appears on this blog in future .BTW i did forward it some of my friends who beleive in it as much .

  • Niro Says:
    September 28th, 2009 | 07:53 am

    Thank you Sandhya for your kind comments. If you’d like to keep up to date with my blog, please subscribe to my email list so I can email you whenever I update it. I truly hope my blog will be of value to you.



  • Ivory Smith Says:
    October 1st, 2009 | 05:16 am

    Love this.

  • Niro Says:
    October 1st, 2009 | 09:06 am

    Thanks Ivory. I had fun doing it :-)

  • Sonia Turmo Says:
    October 21st, 2009 | 05:19 am

    One of my favourites too!!
    Thnks for reminding us!

  • Niro Says:
    October 21st, 2009 | 10:01 am

    Glad you liked it. I think Mr Kipling’s wisdom is truly worth integrating into our lives.

    All the best, Niro

  • Alan Says:
    November 22nd, 2011 | 10:05 am

    “If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you”

    I feel like this line somewhat spoils the poem. A man isn’t someone who can’t be hurt. A man is someone who can be hurt but still carry on.

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