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            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 all 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!

            –Rudyard Kipling

    Stumbled upon this today.

    I found out just recently that my brother is going to be having a son, making me an uncle for the first time.  Which as you can guess and some of you I’m sure already know is an interesting experience and comes with feelings and questions about how to handle this new being that is going to look up to you for guidance and answers about life and the world around them.  I found that this poem summed up a bit of my recent thoughts.  Hope you get a bit out of it.


    Oddly enough, it sums up quite a few of the basic principles of Jedi training, too. Particularly the notion of retraining equanimity under adverse conditions. Thank you for posting that, and congratulations, by the way.

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