If II

Hopefully you’ve read the first volume of our “If,” series. This is a poem by Rudyard Kipling for his son, about the “If” we must face in life.


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:


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If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
Dreams are necessary for life, without them we have no vision, no ideas, no progress. When we forsake the real world for living in our fantasies, and the chance to make dreams become reality, we fail.
Likewise, thinking is a tool for the development of ideas, when you get caught up in the rhapsody of thought you are nearing dangerous ground. These dreams, thoughts, and ideas are worthless without the action to make them reality.

If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
Two more opposing forces perhaps could not have been picked, but they do have their common ground. Triumph and disaster are states of time, one from success the other failure, but they are both temporary. Both are times when you must be careful that you don’t do something stupid. They are fleeting moments that cannot be kept, they will end and with it their influence.

If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
There are time in life where what you have said will be distorted by others, manipulated for the sensation of the media or satisfaction of your enemies. Even when this happens you cannot let it get to you, remember rule 16. If anyone speaks evil of you, let your life be such that none will believe him.

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Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:
Few of us will live through our lives without seeing our work torn down. Whether it’s a project at work, your life’s work, or at worst your legacy, they will get bashed, smashed and destroyed by others. The ideas of our lives will often be broken, but the important thing is to build it again, no matter the cost, no matter how tiring, the true test is if you can rebuild it.

Be sure to check next week to see what Kipling has to say about risks and endurance. Until then, et somniatores, et rem sacrementi. (Make your dreams reality.)

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