This poem is over 100 years old and yet is as fresh as todays newspaper in
its vital message for us to contemplate. It contains situational guidelines
for the game of life. It is filled with idealism but what matters is in the
striving to reach these goals, thus the title "IF" because in our imperfect
state striving is the best we can do.
All the books about self confidence, success, life balancing, personality
development are encapsulated within the thoughts this poem. It is a vision
of worthy life; how to play by the rules of human nature for success.
lessoning the negatives
humble not too wise
transcending over ego
harm no one
greatest happiness- give much ask for nothing
Honorable - dignified
If you can keep your head when all about you
If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
I believe a whole book could be written based on these condensed words of wisdom.
I welcome your thoughts and expressions regarding this poem.