‘if’ by Rudyard Kipling
Today is Rudyard Kiplings birthday (1865-1936).
‘if’ is a wonderful poem to begin a New Year. It is inspirational motivational, and offers a set of rules for ‘grown-up living. ‘If’ is perhaps even more relevant today than when Kipling wrote it, as an ethos and a personal philosophy.
‘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!
and by Joni…..(thank you Fran ♥)
8 thoughts on “IF by Rudyard Kipling”
I adore this poem. Absolutely adore it. And when I saw your post title I hoped it was an opportunity to enjoy it again. Thanks!
I have always love it too! Glad we enjoyed it together.
Happy New Year,
His picture is amazing…his face and eyes tell the story of his life…thank you for adding Joni. Happy New Year my friend. xo
Loved this picture. Thanks for sharing Joni with me.
Happy New Year ox
Beautiful! Happy New Year!! Hugs, Diane
Happy New Yea, Diane!
I’d forgotten about this poem, Katybeth…thanks for reminding us! Love Joni too!
It took Rudyard birthday to remind me. Happy to share!
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