It’s not just about the clothes you wear…

Just had a heartfelt conversation with my Dad, and he referred me to this poem as it has been inspirational and meaningful to him. It had the same effect on me. I know Life has been difficult for all of us and I hope that by sharing this, you will have gained something from these words. Please enjoy.

If – 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 ’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!

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

3 Responses to “It’s not just about the clothes you wear…”
  1. Michelle says:

    This has been in my list of favorite poems for some time… thanks for reminding me. :)

  2. This poem is so powerful. A great read to guide you in the right direction when things get blurry. Thank you for your comment, Michelle!!

    • Trevor says:

      They say shoes make the man, and I think choosing Kipling’s “If” on your website is a perfect choice, as it is a guide to being a man, by putting your best foot forward! I certainly know I could do with some styling tips!

      I am involved with a group of “If” enthusiasts in creating a website that is devoted to this poem, and it will include similar poems, articles and music, all inspired by “If.” I thought that you and your readers may be interested in this. Please take a look: If you would consider a link to All Things If your readers would easily be able top learn more about “If.”

      Wishing you a happy new year and a great 2012!


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