Deep in the jaws of a pandemic – If

At times like this, I seek knowledge, wisdom and some comfort from some of those who have lighted the way for many in the past. Instead of the usual quotes, I hope I give you much more today.

 

If               

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 or 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 the words 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 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 1865 – 1936

I do hope you take his words to heart and perhaps listen to what he is telling us and perhaps you? Despite this poem being a century old, it resonates as if told today for the first time. 

Bisous,

Léa

Author: Léa

A wanderer who has found home and herself in the South of France.

9 thoughts on “Deep in the jaws of a pandemic – If”

  1. A truly apt poem to reflect the times we are living in; thank you so much for sharing Lea, exactly what I needed to read today. Hope you are well my friend, thinking of you & hope you are staying safe 🙂

    1. Such a day brightener to hear from you. Yes, things are rather grim. We are in lock-down here and everyone seems to be taking it in their stride. I’m just thrilled to hear from you now please stay well and in touch. 🙂

      1. Much the same here, sitting tight and taking each day at a time. A plus side of staying indoors is having time to resume blogging again! Take care too 🙂

  2. Hi Lea, Funny thing, I was cleaning a section of my studio last night and found a printed sheet of this very poem. Didn’t remember having it. I think Be had printed copies long ago. Coincidence ??? I doubt it.Our energies are alway together. Love and Light Rita

    1. Hi Rita, no coincidence and no doubt. While our energies remain together, you are missed. Jan sends her regards as does Josie. No book exchange since February so no Barbara… Thanks for stopping by and commenting. It does mean a lot. Gros bisou mon chere amie.

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