Rise and Shine Readers! I woke up this morning to find this in my whatsapp bucket.
Imagine my reaction first at reading this kind message from a dear friend AND then the powerful piece of work by Kipling named ‘IF‘.
I want to share this with all of you and, hopefully, for one of you, it will mean what I meant to me. It speaks of power to me. It speaks of love. It speaks of strength. It speaks of courage. It speaks to me of acceptance and forgiveness. It speaks of magnanimity of spirit and soul.
It speaks of the raw strength that a human is born with, but somehow loses along the way. Find your strength back! Read On..
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 on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe 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!
My favorite lines from the poem are these:
I loved what Kipling said about Triumph and Disaster. They are but two imposters, always beckoning. It is for you to decide whether or not to fall in their trap, whether to maintain your sanity when the seductresses are seducing you to go thither. Remember, Life is just what you make of it. It is a mirror, it reflects what you show it; it is what you make your eyes see. Make it beautiful. Make it strong!
The second half talks about recovering from your loses and starting all over again.The worst of losses are not the ones that you personally encountered out of blue but the slow erosion or fast demolition of the thing that you carefully built. It can be a relationship you gave your life to or your career or job or any project that failed before your eyes. If you can move on from there, and begin building your life afresh, you are strong! Remember that!
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it!