If – by Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling  (1865-1936)

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!

Happiness is a Journey

We convince ourselves that life will be better after we get married, have a baby, then another. Then we are frustrated that the kids aren’t old enough and we’ll be more content when they are. After that we are frustrated that we have teenagers to deal with. We will certainly be happy when they are out of that stage. We tell ourselves that our life will be complete when our spouse gets his or her act together, when we get a nicer car, are able to go on a nice vacation, when we retire.

The truth is, there’s no better time to be happy than right now. If not now, when? Your life will always be filled with challenges. It’s best to admit this to yourself and decide to be happy anyway. One of my favourite quotes is from Alfred D. Souza. He said, “For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin – real life. But there ways always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.”

This perspective has helped me to see that there is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way. So, treasure every moment that you have. And treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time with… and remember that time waits for no one … So stop waiting until you lose ten pounds, until you get married, until you get divorced, until Friday night, until Sunday morning, until spring, until summer, until fall, until winter or until you die to decide that there is no better time than right now to be happy….Happiness is a journey, not a destination.

Eduardo Galeano

By Eduardo Galeano

The Banker & the Fisherman

An American banker was at the pier of a small Mexican coastal village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. In the boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.
The Mexican replied, “Only a little while.”
The American then asked why he didn’t stay out longer and catch more fish.
The fisherman said he had enough to support his family’s immediate needs.
The American then asked, “But what do you do with the rest of your time?”
The fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, and take a siesta with my wife Maria. Then I stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos. I have a full and busy life, señor.”
“I am a Harvard MBA,” the American scoffed. “I could help you. You should spend more time fishing. With the proceeds you could buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats.
Eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing, and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then Los
Angeles, and eventually New York City, where you would run your expanding enterprise.”
The fisherman asked, “But señor, how long will this all take?”
“Fifteen or twenty years.”
“But what then, señor?”
The American laughed and said, “That’s the best part. When the time is right you would sell your company stock to the public and become very rich. You would make millions.”
“Millions, señor? Then what?”
The American said, “Then you would retire and move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your grandchildren, take siestas with your wife Maria, and stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos.”

Your Future

Your time on earth is just a small pinpoint in eternity. It’s a tiny train stop of a few years when put into the timeline of infinity. And yet this stop is one of the most important times in your existence. It’s the only place that you will be able to do certain things and learn and grow in certain ways. 

It is by no means an irrational fancy that, in a future existence, we shall look upon what we think our present existence, as a dream.—Edgar Allan Poe

What is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.—James 4:14 Is life so short? Does it only appear for a little time and then vanish away? Then let us put all we can into it. If life is short, it is wisdom to have no fallows, but to sow every foot of ground while we can. It will be prudent to pack our little space as full as possible. Let us put plenty of life into our existence, plenty of work into our life, plenty of heart into our work, and plenty of warmth into our heart. May God [grant] us to live while we live! May we not only live but be all alive. —C. H. Spurgeon

Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.—Jesus

I don’t worry o’er the future,
For I know what Jesus said;
And today I’ll walk beside Him,
For He knows what lies ahead.

Many things about tomorrow,
I don’t seem to understand,
But I know who holds tomorrow,
And I know who holds my hand! —Ira Stanphill

Happy Living

If you have food in your fridge, clothes on your body, a roof over your head and a place to sleep; You’re richer than 75% of the entire world.

If you have money in your wallet, a little change, and can go anywhere you want; you are among the top 18% of the world’s wealthy people.

If you are alive today with more health than illness; you are more blessed than the million people who will not survive this week!

If you can actually ‘READ’ this message and understand it; you are more fortunate than the three billion people in the world who cannot see, cannot read or suffer mental discapacity.

Life is not about complaining pain and sorrows. It’s about a thousand other reasons to thank our Creator!

Happy Living!

Sail On

Life is very much like sailing. Many are content to just sail around in the safe harbors and not really go anywhere with their life; whereas others set their sails toward the horizon and head out into the open sea.

It takes faith to set out into the unknown, to believe that God is true and that He will keep you safe and lead you on a true course. This type of faith is learned through difficult situations where you do what God shows you to do and you find that it works out.

This life and its limited existence can be so full of care‚ worry, and fear if you let those things in. But if you instead choose to accept His perspective in all things, you will begin to see the opportunity in every difficulty, the positive in every negative situation.

You will have the faith to rise above this finite world and accept that there is a higher plan for your life and that God is the One Who is ultimately in control. With each test comes stronger faith.

The shores of His blessings are not visible to those who stay in the harbor and never venture out; it takes faith to set sail and find them.

Don’t believe the doubter who has never ventured out of the safety of his harbor and who says, “There are no new shores, no new challenges, nothing new to learn.” Be the first to venture out, to let God set the course of your life.