10. Follow good advice.

Rudyard Kipling’s poem, If: A Father’s Advice to His Son has been one of my most favorite childhood poems since I first learnt about it. I happened to share this poem in Facebook, a social networking site a couple of months ago. I was taken by surprise when some one mentioned that they loved that a girl reenacted it (i.e. mentioned the poem).
Screen shot of the Facebook comment.
Not until I read the word, ‘girl’ in their comments did I notice that the poem was meant to be an advice to a son from a father. But I always read this poem as an advice from a father to a child. I am pretty sure, Rudyard Kipling would not haven been disappointed, knowing that the advice he wrote in the late 1800’s, inspires not only sons but also daughters of the world of the 21 st Century. 
Advice from a parent to a child to lead a better, happy, successful and fulfilling life has no gender bias. What are your thoughts on this? If you have a favorite poem or quote or a story that inspires you, please feel free to share, I would love to read about it.

Rudyard Kipling, If: A Father’s Advice to His Son

“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



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