Author Unknown
(A recent wording that follows the pattern of Rudyard Kipling’s “If.”)

If you can take whatever life may hand you,
and from it try to fashion something good;
If you know others may not understand you,
but you keep right on doing what you should…

If you can watch a friend go off without you
and know that you can take such things in stride,
If you are kind and just to all about you
and let the Golden Rule become your guide…

If you are wronged and still can be forgiving,
believing it is better to forget,
If you think there is too much joy in living
to waste your time on anger and regret…

If you accept a failure and not mind it,
but stop to learn the lesson it can teach,
If you resist temptation when you find it,
remembering the goal you want to reach…

If you can hold your own when you’ve not winning
and know you can’t achieve the things you plan,
If you can proudly make a new beginning
andnever lose your faith in God and man…

You’ll find success is waiting if you’re willing,
that happiness is there for all who try-
Your life will be rewarding and fulfilling,
and nothing good will ever pass you by!