If

By: jackiereedy

Oct 15 2009

Category: Uncategorized

2 Comments

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

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2 comments on “If”

  1. Jackie I just had to comment on your placing “If” on your blog. Did you know that it was the favorite poem of my father-in-law, Frank Reedy? He so impressed his son Jack, your grandfather, by reading this poem to him that Jack asked his fellow grad student at Notre Dame to pen it in caligraphy. It is framed and still hangs on my foyer wall. Love, Grandma Jo

    • Grandma Jo! That is so cool! And thank you for checking out my blog! I really have been hoping to start WRITING some actual posts again. My magazine writing teacher suggested I look up this poem for the article I am writing about leadership. I thought it was awesome! The Reedy’s think alike!


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