If III

This is the third of our “If” series, from the great poem by Rudyard Kipling. He explains about the “If,” the challenges one must overcome in life. Kipling understood the necessity of courage and will, those elements of the English mindset that made an Empire, to keep his country among the foremost of the nations.


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!’


gamble

Source – namx.org – Gambling may not be the best risk to make more money.

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;

In our lives risk and chance are ever present. To succeed, to gain opportunity, you must take a chance. As the saying goes, “Faint heart never won fair lady.” If you want great things you need to take a chance. But if that chance doesn’t work out, you need to accept defeat manfully. Start again if you have the will, the strength, or the energy.
Often an indicator of a man’s character is not simply what he says, but what he doesn’t say. When you can face the world with your loss held to your heart, with no outward appearance of trouble, it shows courage and bravery.

running

Source – medicalsciencenavigator

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!’

We’ve written several articles on the topic of endurance. To be a man requires that you push on, no matter what the difficulty. You have to hold to what your focus in life is, to have it sustain you when nothing else will. Push on, going forward. It’s a matter of going the distance. When your body tells you to stop, to halt, to fall: hold on to your Will to keep moving forward.

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