Monday, 10 December 2012

On being good

I was reminded of Rudyard Kipling's 'If...' last night whilst watching Boardwalk Empire. It was a moving moment in the series. It's beautiful in its own right but also seems pertinent at the moment. 

In the spirit of The Secret and generally attempting to behave like a grown up I have tried to turn any adversities into learning opportunities of late. I don't always get it right but it's a win win situation when it works. Rather than dwelling on the negative aspects of another's behaviour, I find myself asking if I'm perfect. As the answer is always a straight 'no' I realise that there is something I could do for someone else or something I could do to improve myself/remedy a situation. By changing the focus like this and being as good as can be, little disappointments seem to fade into the background. 

Do you have a method for being true to yourself and as good as can be when you are faced with challenges? 

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!

1 comment:

  1. Nice thoughts are discussed by you..Its really good to read..


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