21 June 2009

"If" by Rudyard Kipling (Father's Day)



When I was in high school, I was given a book of poetry. My favorite poem from this anthology would become Kipling's "If," which meant a great deal more to me after reading the biography of a missionary who was killed (and eaten) by the very people he was trying to help somewhere in Micronesia. This was also his favorite poem, and "If" helped him overcome obstacle after obstacle in his life, until one day he finally did become that true man, as the poem full of condition precedents predicts.

Today, on Father's Day 2009, I offer this to my sons, and wish them well on their journey into "if's" and "doubting's" and "becoming's." I tore this out of that thin little book 20+ years ago and have kept it with me since on every desk I've owned.

Happy Father's Day to all of you as well who share this Sisyphean yet wonderful burden and blessing.


5 comments:

Bonnie Bonsai said...

Rudyard Kipling's "IF" is one of my favourite source of Inspirational and Motivational work.

Nice to know there are many caring fathers around the world like YOU.

K. said...

I love that poem by Kipling...a nice gift to your sons...

JGregg said...

Thanks Bonnie, and cheers! K., I bet Kipling would have called his blog "K" if he were around today!

Jg.

Mat Garcia said...

"Johnny G"-

The "If" Poem was what my dad gave me years ago. I hung it in my office so I could see it every morning. Good Father's Day reminder, my friend, that character still defines leadership.

Dirk Voetberg said...

I hadn't read that before. Beautiful. Wow. Perfect statement of how to live life.