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Sunday, December 27, 2009

One can be inspired and motivated with good poems and great quotes




I love fine poems and good quotes. I've just came across this beautiful piece which is so inspiring written by Rudyard Kipling introduced by a very good friend of mine and would love very much to share it with all here in my blog.

If you have not heard of this one, I would strongly recommend you to read it.

I've also attached a short story about Rudyard Kipling's early childhood days. Sadly, he was once an abused child and had suffered a lot in life. You see ... sometimes after going through a very horrible and hard life pushes up ones' life for the better, and in fact, even lead a person to his/her own self discovery to find out the true potential and then in the later stage of life suddenly the fate is changed to becoming a very successful person instead.

So for those out there who are experiencing a nasty life through whatever experiences you may be encountering now, please do not despair and give up hope easily by being afraid to go beyond your limitation to tap your true self with your self discovery. This will lead and guide you to be on your way to challenging yourself in life and finally becoming a much better individual equipped with all that you need to know to get out of your misery and who knows, later on even achieving the dreams which is beyond imaginable.


"If"
By 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 imposters 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 breath 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's (1865-1936) inspirational poem 'If' first appeared in his collection 'Rewards and Fairies' in 1909. The poem 'If' is inspirational, motivational, and a set of rules for 'grown-up' living. Kipling's 'If' contains mottos and maxims for life, and the poem is also a blueprint for personal integrity, behaviour and self-development. 'If' is perhaps even more relevant today than when Kipling wrote it, as an ethos and a personal philosophy. Lines from Kipling's 'If' appear over the player's entrance to Wimbledon's Centre Court - a poignant reflection of the poem's timeless and inspiring quality.

The beauty and elegance of 'If' contrasts starkly with Rudyard Kipling's largely tragic and unhappy life. He was starved of love and attention and sent away by his parents; beaten and abused by his foster mother; and a failure at a public school which sought to develop qualities that were completely alien to Kipling. In later life the deaths of two of his children also affected Kipling deeply.

Rudyard Kipling achieved fame quickly, based initially on his first stories and poems written in India (he returned there after College), and his great popularity with the British public continued despite subsequent critical reaction to some of his more conservative work, and critical opinion in later years that his poetry was superficial and lacking in depth of meaning.

Significantly, Kipling turned down many honours offered to him including a knighthood, Poet Laureate and the Order of Merit, but in 1907 he accepted the Nobel Prize for Literature. Kipling's wide popular appeal survives through other works, notably The Jungle Book (1894) the novel, Kim (1901), and Just So Stories (1902).

Kipling enjoyed early success with his poems but soon became known as a masterful short story writer for his portrayals of the people, history, and culture of his times. In his essay titled “Rudyard Kipling” George Orwell called him “the prophet of British Imperialism in its expansionist phase.” Through his works Kipling often focused on the British Empire and her soldiers though today that perspective of imperialism and ‘taming the natives’ has limited his popularity. Now he is best known for The Jungle Book which has inspired numerous other literary works and adaptations to television and film.

Joseph Rudyard Kipling was born on 30 December 1865 in Bombay (now Mumbai) India, son of Alice née MacDonald (1837-1910) and John Lockwood Kipling (1837-1911) Head of the Department of Architectural Sculpture at the Jejeebhoy School of Art and Industry in Bombay. Some of Kipling’s earliest and fondest memories are of his and sister Alice’s trips to the bustling fruit market with their ayah or nanny, or her telling them Indian nursery rhymes and stories before their nap in the tropical afternoon heat. His father’s art studio provided many creative outlets with clay and paints. Often the family took evening walks along the Bombay Esplanade beside the Arabian Sea, the dhows bobbing on the glittering waters.

“I have always felt the menacing darkness of tropical even tides, as I have loved the voices of night-winds through palm or banana leaves,The newly opened Suez Canal created a bustling port city which captivated young Rudyard, an intersection to the ancient cultures and mystical rites of Hindus, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Anglo- and the song of the tree-frogs”—from his autobiography Something of Myself (1937).

I do really love this poem and hope all viewers enjoy it too. I will keep on exploring more on some good poems and quotes to include here in my blog sometimes.



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16 comments:

LadyJava said...

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LadyJava said...

simply lovey Lil.. very inspiring indeed.. thanks for sharing!

LadyJava said...

How's your holidays so far.. mine quiet but its to be expected with my mama's condition and all.. take care sweetie :)

LadyJava said...

Oh can i pls have Life's Pages today Lil! Muahs!

Lil said...

Hi dear,
Ya lah, quiet here too, me being isolated and alone macam orang betapa pula. My sis, her son, daughter in law and my sis' grand children semua pi holiday during the holiday, all pi Singapore. I tinggal aje dgn my kucing2 & I dont really have good friends here, expect my PC, my Laptop, my TV & my cats. Crazy life here, that's why I need to go back to KL, have many good friends there and back to civilization!

You tau this JS kit ni kadang2 buat perangai, kadang2 my photo dah jadi blank, now magic ada pula, and yours disappeared!

What you mean by Life's Pages, you mean you like to have this poem's Life's story?
Please let me know, if so, I will let you have the website.

Hopefully malam ni I can chop both at your site and that of Marzie.

Hugzzz :) ;) 8-) 8-) :* :* :* :*

Mariuca said...

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Mariuca said...

Good morning ladies! My avatar oso missing ni JS tsk tsk tsk..... *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW*

Mariuca said...

Yay me FC2! I think what LJ means is can she have her LLP blog here as FC he he, correct or not LJ? :* :*

Mariuca said...

Oh I love........ such beautiful words and so meaningful... I always think anybody writes their best when the feellings come from within, through experience and life's hardships. This is a great example... :* :* :* :* :*

Mariuca said...

I got ur mail on FB sweetie, I managed to get my posts appear on FB pun by accident. I added this app kat FB, I am not sure what it is though cause I sah add more than a year ago. Maybe I can try searching for the program later then I tell you okay? :* :* :*

Mariuca said...

*dah* :-[ :-[

Lil said...

Thanks for everything. I kesian lah dgn JS Kit tu, maybe banyak sangat kerja kot, dah hilang track. So nowadays even our latest post pun tak display, pelik lah, now as you can see my photo appear pula, and my visitor photos tak ada, I think mereka ni dok rectifying some other problems instead jadi lagi teruk! Errr tak tau apa lah nak jadi lagi???! >:o
This one for you dear :) ;) 8-) :* :* A big hug for you dear & to all yr Meow, Meow cats

LadyJava said...

JS kit mmg tengah gila skg.. just click on your avatar and re-add your image ok.. that should solve the prob..
Oh cian you.. sorang sorang this festive season eh.. how’s your plan to go back to KL? On track?
I meant LadyJava Life’s Pages at http://ladyjava.org
Kalau boleh can I have my badge for that blog here today? Thanks sweetie!

LadyJava said...

Correct GP.. hehehe.. LLP .. lol!

LadyJava said...

You mean networkedblog GP?

Mariuca said...

I donno networked blog LJ... *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW*

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