One of my favorites, thanks
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 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!
One of my favorites, thanks
Mine too… thanks again Seth
Awesome. Never heard this. Encouraged. Thanks
Love this, one of my favs, too…thanks for the reminder…
Oh to be the man in which my son could model a life after and build from, in hardship and joy, in plenty and in lack, when the world makes sense and when nothing makes sense, Lord strengthen me to be such a man.
P.s. Seth, I’ve said of you to others…your the only guy I know that has such deep thought every single day. Thank you for sharing them I’m better for it.
Seth it has been years since I read this iconic poem and it touched me again just now. Thank you friend.
Ah, long time no read of this classic! Thanks for bringing it back to the forefront. GREAT piece :-).
Thanx Seth, never read it till now. GREAT POEM!
One of my favorite poems.
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