A life lived with integrity is n life worth living. Makes me think of the poem “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 them 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!

Rudyard Kipling

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4 thoughts on “If

  1. It’s interesting how popular and well-known this poem is. It must really strike a chord with people.

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  2. Always loved this, he was a thinker.

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  3. Love the poem – I read it as a child first and it really made an impression!


  4. Nicely written, however, wait until you’ve reached and gotten beyond 60. Some answers will arrive on their own and from the distance, it is clearly visible what material one is made of.
    The things we believe, even strange unbelievable things, happen. All wishes come true as long as they are honest. Therefore, we always should think twice before we wish for something.
    It looks like poetry, but it would be even better if every line was on a separate line.
    Other than that it is good writing.
    We sometimes need to go over previously written content and correct it. I know I do, since writing and publishing swiftly spelling errors are not visible.

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