Keep Your Head

We are the sum worth of our journey in life, of our history, our pathology...but always remember to...keep your head.

Love, love, love this poem called 'If' by Rudyard Kipling. I've previously written a blog about Teddy Roosevelt's public address, his speech called "Citizenship In A Republic" delivered at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France on 23 April, 1910 by Theodore Roosevelt. My next project is to get into the Roman Stoics, in particular Marcus Aurelius.

Keep Your Head

Keep Your Head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you

"If" by Rudyard Kipling is a powerful and timeless poem that offers a set of moral and personal development guidelines. Written in 1895 and first published in 1910, the poem is written as a father's advice to his son, and it has become an emblem of the Victorian era's stoic ideal. It has been widely celebrated for its wisdom.

Inspiring many readers over the years

The poem's central theme is the importance of maintaining one's integrity and self-control in the face of adversity. It advises the reader to keep a level head when others are losing theirs, to trust oneself when others doubt, and to be patient and persevering. It also emphasizes the importance of dreaming without being enslaved by those dreams, and of thinking without becoming overly attached to one's thoughts.

Keep Your Head is life changing

The poem encourages the reader to meet both triumph and disaster with equanimity, to be honest and truthful even when it is difficult, and to maintain one's virtue even in the face of temptation. It also advises the reader to be able to start over after a loss, to keep going even when it seems impossible, and to be able to connect with people from all walks of life without losing one's sense of self.

Much like Theodore Roosevelt's speech

In summary, "If" by Rudyard Kipling is a poem that offers timeless wisdom and a guide to moral and personal development. It is a testament to the power of stoicism and self-control in the face of adversity and has been celebrated for its wisdom and inspiration for over a century.

If, a poem 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 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;

Will be doing a blog about a poem by William Blake also

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!

In conclusion, you should read it for both sexes nowadays!

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