If – Rudyard Kipling

Some poems have the ability to inspire & strengthen. If  by Rudyard Kipling is one of those poems I have never tired of reading…

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!

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10 Advantages of NOT being Freshly Pressed [Saar Grepz]

 

This post is for all those bloggers who have been clearly misunderstood by WordPress. Those who hoped that one day soooooon their brilliant story, wonderful wit  or dazzling photography would  so stun the WP editors that they would just  be grabbed for the glorious WP wall of fame Freshly Pressed…but that has  not happened…yet.

Freshly Pressed does not happen despite our brilliantest posts (brilliant only in our own opinion). And the sour grapes syndrome slowly but surely sets in. With its message of hope.

Saar Grepz.

Now we suddenly start seeing a glimmer of light.

And we draw strength from it.

And find the reasons why it’s great after all. Not being selected for Freshly Pressed that is.

Here is what Saar Grepz has been murmuring to me. And guess what? All of a sudden, thanks to its counsel,  it looks like it’s a great world out there despite being ignored for Freshly Pressed.

You suddenly start humming ‘what a wonderful world…tra la la, la di da’

So here is something that will make you rejoice for not having made it to FP –

 1. Your blog hits remain abysmally low.  In fact it  gets worse by the day. You convince yourself that things of value don’t just lie around as common pieces of display. Like the precious pearl, it has to be really searched for in the depths of the blogcean.  Your blog is a priceless pearl that has to be searched for &  found by the discerning.

2. You start believing in the philosophy of peace & non-competitiveness more than ever. After all you never got into this to compete with other bloggers did you?

3. You realise your hands can remain healthy – no carpal tunnel syndrome to deal with. No repetitive strain injury. No aching hands having to reply to all those comments that will come in after being featured on Freshly Pressed. No medical bills after buying pain killers & balm to soothe the hands hammering away at the keyboard. After all, health is paramount not this damn blogging…what a wonderful world, tra la.

4. Your eye sight will improve. Who wants to spend hours blogging away…on hindsight, eyesight is far more important. No need to scan for stats, likes & comments. Strong eyesight is what we all need. Yessss!

5. You are focused on what you wish to convey. Getting side tracked by this demon which glorifies the grandeur of being Freshly Pressed is not all that great, really.

6. You reflect on why you started blogging in the first place. You were new to WordPress, you did not even know what the heck Freshly Pressed was. Until when…like Eve in the Garden of Eden was beguiled by that vile serpent who presented her the apple, you slowly started getting corrupted.  You wanted the apple…but, you got S-A-V-E-D in the nick of time. You realised Freshly Pressed is that sinful apple.  Away with you apple!

 7. You suddenly start believing anonymity is a virtue. You didn’t start blogging to get famous right? If fame was what you wanted you would have joined the films or become a politician.

8. You start believing that this is a lesson on the path of humility. You get super spiritual (humble thyself under the mighty Hand of God & one day He will feature your post on FP)…BUT…hang on…who even wants it anymore?

9. You are convinced that a slow & steady increase in the number of people who follow your   blog  is better than a sudden spike who may never return. You begin to joyously (read ‘feigned  joyously’ ) declare  “Who wants to be selected for Freshly Pressed anyway? It’s no big deal… because people who read your post  on FP may never return to read another.”

10. You believe in Maya even more. Everything is an illusion including this momentary flash in the pan in the blogging world called being featured on Freshly Pressed.

Saar Grepz, O wonderful fount of such pessimistic optimism, I thank ye…

What a wonderful world…la, di, dum

How to stay young forever?

Honest answer – not possible!

sorry to disappoint

but…

there is hOpe

this is a post of contradictions

sO?

the trUth is

it’s all in the miNd

you are as old as you thInk

think haPpy, be hapPy

imagine being 16 or 25 or…85 & you will start feeling it

“age is a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it don’t matter.” said Satchel Paige

take note of the expression on yoUr face.

“the expression a woman wears on her face is far more important than the clothes she wears on her back.” ~ Dale Carnegie

applies to all

stOp worrying

which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?  asked  Jesus Christ

enjoy your own company – someone said if you don’t enjoy your own company why inflict it on others ?

could it be because  misery Loves company?

a request – pesSimists stay away

stay opTimistic

have Faith

laugh moRe

crib Less

exercise

take time to breathe in the beauty of this world

to smell the roSes

to love animals

to enjoy music

to play with childrEn

to enjoy nAture

to worship your Creator

to develop your interests

write a blog

take it e-a-s-y

God is in conTrol

be thankFULL

stay pOsitive

imagine being 16

&

you will stay

forever younGish…