Stories of Kindness from Around the World


--by astrocrazy2005, posted Jun 4, 2007

This is not a story but a very inspirational poem which has helped me through my tough times..

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 all 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!


--Rudyard Kipling


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Readers Comments

Nickgrand wrote: Thank you for shearing!! God bless!
zidlore wrote: A Wonderful poem!!! Very powerful! Thanks for sharing! ^__^
moonheart wrote: It has been a long time since I read this poem. It serves as a good reminder to keep my head up no matter what comes my way. Thank you for sharing it.
robbie wrote: that is such a powerful message! thank you for posting will affect the lives of many.
Lovebug wrote: Thank you for forwarding a poem by Rudyar Kipling, you saved me precious time
ieiblue wrote: nice.. :P
AURELIA wrote: Very Nice. I enjoyed and needed that! Times get tough and we are challenged. This reminded me of what is important. ~Aurelia
brighteyes wrote: Thank you for sharing...I have not seen this poem before and will be adding to my collection. Smiles & Hugs
astrocrazy2005 wrote: Thank u all :) for the wonderful comments...

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