If –

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

(Contributed by Hein Adamson)

 An Expression from My Heart

By Subhasree Thottungal

I only wished to serve you
Serve you like a true servant, no expectations.
But you gave me the realisation that my service to you is not of a servant, but affection of a mother!
You told me, its motherly love that I serve you food. I did not realise.
You let me massage your head and body. I did not realise.
You let me put you to sleep while massaging your feet. I did not realise.
You asked me to remove drishti (evil eye) off you. I did not realise.
You gave me immense joy by enjoying the food, by playing like a little child, running around, jumping up and down. I did not realise.
I did not have the capacity to realise your message that you have been giving constantly!
I realised it now!
What more can I wish!
This is a feeling that makes me complete and I am not sure if I can ever express well enough.
All I can do is let my tears flow to tell the story. My tears of recognition.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. 💖💖💖