KIDs need to read this - Read it TO them!

Rudyard Kipling's famous poem:


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 wornout 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!


I love this poem because it shows the conflicts we all face.  Whether to succumb to the pressure of the world to be like everyone else (and give up trying to do what your inner voice is telling you) or to hold on to those things that will last (even though that will demand the most from us). Like raising children. So many people would rather look the other way and avoid the ordeal altogether. Or let things slide and come what may. But IF we choose rightly, and do the best we can, then after the strenuous labors and battles are done - we'll come through the other side to find we have actually triumphed.

...IF we can hold our heads, that is!

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