"If" you need it…

There are very few poems that are clear, direct and directly inspiring! In no unclear terms and without any ambiguity whatsoever, the poem “If” by Rudyard Kipling inspires! – Thanks to Sasanka for this link.

[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 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

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13 thoughts on “"If" you need it…

  1. @ KK..

    Glad you liked it! 🙂

    Yes I do remember Fr. Manipadam distributing the lyrics of a song… Do you still have it?… Anyway will just Google for the lyrics of the title track of ‘Men of Honour’..

  2. I remember reading this poem in school and even teaching it to my tuition kid when in college. Reading it at different times in life can help u appreciate this better. 🙂 And now, I’m reading it after maybe 2 years. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I have always loved this poem too.

    Especially I like these concepts:
    1) If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs….
    2) If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
    3) If you can dream–and not make dreams your master
    4) If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, or walk with kings–nor lose the common touch….

    Of course all the rest is also important, but these things I like best because they more correspond a. to my experience and b. to my character and c. to *some* of my flaws

  4. A nice one…especialy when you need inspiration! btw, FYI these lines are there @ the entrance to the Center court Wimbledon:

    “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;”

    very apt indeed..!!

  5. @ Poonam ..

    Having a terribly hectic weekend.. WIll probably put up a post during the week sometimes.. Would definitely take the quiz and tag a few people.. Thanks a lot.. Great initiative! 🙂

  6. its inspirational in the true sense…feels like i should have read it before..feels like its made for somebody trying to reach perfection and achieve honour and triumph…..i think i will read it for inspiration again and gain..apart from watching The shawshank redemption and hearing Shine on you crazy diamond by Pink floyd.thanks amit

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