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    If by Rudyard Kipling (1865 - 1936)

    When I first saw the title “If,” I thought about the song written by David A. Gates in 1971. Originally popularized by the group Bread, the song charted at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 when released as a single in 1971. This is a beautiful song that I grew up with. However, I am not going to share with you about the song “If” by David A. Gates today.

    I am going to share with you an inspiring poem “If” by Rudyard Kipling. It was said by Rudyard Kipling in his autobiography “Something of Myself” (1937) that this poem “If” was inspired by Dr. Leander Starr Jameson, who in 1895 led about 500 of his countrymen in a failed raid against the Boers in Southern Africa. It was subsequently called the Jameson Raid.

    If by Rudyard Kipling (1865 - 1936)

    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 imposters 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!

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    Really nice VERY SWEET

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    Really Inspiring

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    Yes, although it has been written so long ago it is still so applicable to today's world.

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