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If. - by Rudyard Kipling

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If. - by Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling wrote a poem back in 1943 called "If".   Basically Kipling's poem said "If you can do this and that and all of these things then you will be a good person".  I don't want to quote the entire poem here (even though it isn't all that long). Here are the statements I find most compelling....


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 bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Source: A Choice of Kipling's Verse (1943)
Well, my point is that I try to live up to those principles.  I think I do make allowance for people who doubt me and I think I don't give way to hating when I'm being hated.  I will admit that I am not very fond of hearing the truth as I believe it twisted by knaves.  And maybe I come across trying to look too good or trying to talk too wise. But I'm aware of it and I do try to keep it down.
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