Fare Thee Well: David Elliott

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 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 too 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 worn-out tools; If you can make one heap or 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 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 on 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! [ certainly are!!] SUCCESS by: Ralph Waldo Emerson “To laugh often and much; to win respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you lived. This is to have succeeded.” THESE SHOULD BE IN POETIC FORMATS.
— June 16, 2012 5:14 p.m.

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