Thursday, July 14, 2005


Life is full of surprises, isn't it? Three weeks ago I had no idea I would be preparing to move to New York City. Recently, I have found myself coming back to read Rudyard Kipling's "If," for guidance, inspiration, and pleasure. I felt it would be nice to share it with the rest of the blogosphere, for I feel everyone can relate to it in some way. Sometimes we need to just break away from all the talk and gossip of other peoples' lives and analyze our own. This poem always helps me do so.

"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 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!


At 9:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats on moving to NY. But this is pretty boring. Can you please make your next post a little bit more interesting?

At 9:23 AM, Blogger The Celebutante said...

I totally disagree with anon, because this is a great poem that allows you to take a step back and look at your own life, instead of everyone else around us. Thanks lil! Great post :)

At 9:23 AM, Blogger Lil DC Diva said...

To some it may be boring, I understand that famous literature doesn't attract a large audience, but if you actually read it and relate it back to your life, you will find it very uplifting and a great way to start your day. :-)

At 9:39 AM, Blogger Sara said...

This is a fantastic poem that I had long forgotten about. Thanks for reminding me of it Lil :)

It's exciting to read and see how it relates to my life. Anon is an idiot.

At 9:41 AM, Blogger Asian Mistress said...

Haters: 0, Butterflies: 1


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