Friday, July 18, 2008

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 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 wornout tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all 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!

~Author Unknown~

1 comment:

Bridgette said...

I so can relate to you and your situation I have been raising my fiances three boys for the past three years. All three of them are special needs and I used to have great job and they had care until last Oct. when we both got laid off, now here I am in Cape Coral no work and even had to drop out of school since his job could not afford my gas to Venice and back two nights a week and I stay at home since we cannot afford care during the day. I feel used and their mom is incarcerated and is sentenced to five years but she did not have even unsupervised visits with them or paid a cent of child support since I have known the boys and my fiance. What do you do besides take meds yourself because therapists all think you are depressed and have anxiety and have ADD and Bipolar when really you just wish sometimes that you could walk away knowing you never can.