P Is For Perseverance

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 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!

‘If’ – by Rudyard Kipling

Enjoy the journey!

10 Comments

  • Barrie Evans
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    Reply Reply May 16, 2016

    Very relevant Mandy and great to share such a wonderful poem.
    Thanks.
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  • Donna Merrill
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    Reply Reply May 16, 2016

    Hi Mandy,

    This is one of my favorites! Every time I read it, even right now, I get a new message from this poem.

    My favorite part today is “If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,” People are people, we are all the same weather beggars or kings. We all have to treat others the same.

    Awesome way to live!

    -Donna
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply May 21, 2016

      Hi Donna, thanks for visiting. I totally agree, we are all exactly the same and should behave so.

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Kathryn Maclean
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    Reply Reply May 16, 2016

    Hi Mandy,
    ‘If’ – by Rudyard Kipling
    One of my favorites as well. I have a friend who has this carved into a bowl and I always admire it when I visit.

    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!

    Love all parts of this poem.
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply May 21, 2016

      Hi Kathryn, thanks for visiting. Wow, carved into a bowl, how lovely! I do like the writings of Rudyard Kipling.

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Paula
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    Reply Reply May 16, 2016

    I love these poets, they write with pictures for me. Thanks for sharing, it is awesoke
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply May 21, 2016

      Hi Paula, thanks for visiting. Reading has always created pictures for me. I sometimes find it a bit disappointing when they film something from a book and I think ‘that’s not how I see it!’

      Enjoy the journey!

  • ikechi
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    Reply Reply May 22, 2016

    Hi Mandy

    What a poem. There is much insight to gain. I love the way perseverance is presented in such words that reach the soul. Thank you for sharing. Take Care
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  • Barrie Evans
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    Reply Reply May 22, 2016

    Good old Rudyard!
    If we all have perseverance, I believe there would be less doubt and a lot more enthusiasm.

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply May 29, 2016

      Hi Barrie, thanks for visiting. I agree, there is an inclination to give up too soon now.

      Enjoy the journey!

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