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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 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!

Rudyard Kipling

Commentary: Rudyard summed up precisely the very kinds of things that we all struggle with in our daily life. We are a 'work' in progress. To find the right balance for us, as well as with others each day, is not always easy. In fact, it can be both challenging, and rewarding, at the same time.

As for me, I am actively working inside myself, in not being so analytical, and serious all the time. Those who care about me, have brought this issue to my attention on a few occasions. It is important to live in the moment, and embrace it for what it is, as best we can each day.

The journey of self-growth is a wonderful journey. It is also a true delight to share that journey with others, even when I may not be at my best. I appreciate those who care enough about me, and the relationship I have with them, to speak the truth in love. None of us are balanced in every single area of our life, as we may want, and need to be. But at least we are all taking positive steps in that direction each day. That is the important thing to remember.



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