Friday, June 26, 2009

If you can dream and not make dreams your master.

"If" by 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 to 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 live 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!

Salam, allo. Learned "If" by Rudyard Kipling at school today. Both Hanisah and I agreed that this is our most favourite poem of all time. But I don't think that I have ever appreciated a poem this much. Sure I read some good poems but not like this one. Besides, I'm a sucker for things that centers about life and getting up on your feet and keep going on after experiencing failure or in a state of conflict.

Just be calm in confronting problems even if everyone's pointing at you as a crime doer. Believe in yourself and just excuse their feelings about you. Be patient and don't tell lies about people and don't hate them even if they did all these things to you. Besides that, don't boast of the things that you have over others or talk like a hopeless know-it-all and as if you know everything.

And if you have a dream, don't let that dream to overcome your control over it. You must have the will to control it and have the initiative to pursue it. And if you are experiencing triumph, don't become too overjoyed and if you fail, don't give up. Treat Triumph and Disaster equally. Besides that, if all that you have worked for turns a fruitless effort at a blink of an eye, you must have a strong will to start again even if without nothing. You must be brave to risk everything you worked for. If you lose, be strong to start again and never mention or complain or moan about your loss. Be strong and hold on to endure every hardship you face.

If you can please people with your words but still remain honest, be in the company of people of high rank but still get along with ordinary people and if neither enemies nor loving friends can hurt you, if everyone matters to you but not too much, and if you can live throught the most difficult time with all your strength and determination then everything on Earth is within your 'reach'.