Posted by: The Simple Guy | July 12, 2010

My 3 fovorite poems

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 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!

THE MAN WHO THINKS HE CAN

by Waler D. Wintle

IF YOU THINK YOU ARE BEATEN, YOU ARE
IF YOU THINK YOU DARE NOT, YOU DON’T
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO WIN BUT YOU THINK
YOU CAN’T
IT’S ALMOST A CINCH YOU WON’T
IF YOU THINK YOU’LL LOSE ,YOU’RE LOST
FOR OUT IN THE WORLD WE FIND,
SUCCESS BEGINS WITH A FELLOW’S WILL,
ITS ALL IN THE STATE OF MIND
IF YOU THINK YOUR OUTCLASSED, YOU ARE
YOU’VE GOT TO THINK HIGH TO RISE
YOU’VE GOT TO BE SURE OF YOURSELF
BEFORE YOU CAN EVER WIN A PRIZE.

LIFE’S BATTLES DON’T ALWAYS GO TO THE
STRONGER OR THE FASTER MAN,
BUT SOONER OR LATER, THE MAN WHO WINS
IS THE MAN WHO THINKS HE CAN.

“The Measure of a Man”

-Author Unknown-

The measure of man is the fight that he makes.
The grit that he daily shows.
The way that he stands upon his feet.
And takes life’s numerous bumps and blows.

A coward can smile,
When there’s not to fear.
And nothing, his progress bars.
But it takes a man to stand and cheer.
While the other fellow stars.

It isn’t the victory after all,
But, the fight that a brother makes.
A man when driven against the wall,
takes the blows of fate.

With his head held high.
Bleeding, bruised, and pale!!
Is the man who will win, fate defied,
For he isn’t afraid to fail.

I realize that these poems seem to be man centered, and to the authors, they might have been.  However, I don’t think of them that way.

In my mind, “IF” is all about balance and commitment.  I rarely struggle with commitment, but regularly need the reminder to be balanced.  I am to treat others the way I WANT to be treated, not the way I AM treated.


“The Man Who Thinks He Can” is about choosing to win.  Not every player in the World Cup went home a winner.   But every player in the World Cup went thinking they were going to win.  My attitude cannot guarantee victory.  But it can guarantee defeat.  Make life beat you, don’t beat yourself.


“The Measure of a Man” is a reminder of the fact that you only know who you are and where you are at when you are being tested.  Being tested is necessary, and should even be welcome.  I especially like the line about standing and cheering when someone else stars.  Humility is part of true manhood.


Your thoughts?


Craig

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Responses

  1. Craig,

    Many of the thoughts expressed in these poems reminded me once again that the battlefield is the mind. Our minds must be stayed upon Christ and the great truth that, “I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me.”
    I needed this “refresher course”! Thanks so much!


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