30 April 2011

Gathering Gratefuls - A Poem For Challenging Times

One of the greatest gifts that blogging has afforded me has been the special friendships and warm connections that I've made with the most incredible like-minded people.  These friendships are a constant source of delight for me and I'm truly grateful for the opportunity to spend time getting to know you which blogging has enabled.

Some of my dearest Blogerista friends have encountered major hurdles this week and like me you may have been grappling with ways to smooth a path as they begin to navigate the dark days ahead.

If this is you dear friend, or if you are helping someone you know and care for through a rough patch, I send you the following poem by Rudyard Kipling which has been a touchstone for me in difficult times.

I'm sure that you've read these heartening words before, but I sincerely hope that at this time they might be a source of inspiration and perhaps the advice within might bolster you as you begin to move forward.

When you read the last line please substitute the following .... you'll be a strong woman.


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 wornout 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!


If you like me, you are truly grateful for the joy of friendship and would like to celebrate it, then pop on over to my friend Maxabella's place where she's gathering the grateful lists of people just like you.


  1. This is lovely. I am grateful oh so grateful, for every day. I am also grateful for visits to lovely blogs like yours Hugs!

  2. What a lovely post. I am also grateful for friends today :)

  3. Felicity, I have missed this part of the blogging world whilst on my recent hiatus! If was one of the first poems that I memorised as a child. It hung next to the bunk beds at our holiday house and somehow I absorbed it all in. Once my Mum realised that I had memorised it she replaced it with Desiderata and once I had that down pat she stuck up a poem in French. Sadly, I hit the teen years not long after and lost interest in memorising tea towels stuck up on the wall!! x

  4. You have lifted my spirits on this glorious morning. Grateful for you.
    xo jill

  5. A lot of soldiers have this poem with them. So happy to have your blogs back, so WISHED i caught up with you in Qld, next time, you are top of my list. Love Posie

  6. one of my favorite poems - a lovely read for first thing on a saturday morning

    Thanks as always Felicity!

    Gill xo

  7. You are a special soul dear Felicity. Thankyou for this beautiful poem this morning...and thankyou friend for the touching personal messages you have me sent this week.

    I am grateful for your friendship. xoxo

  8. This is one of my very favourite poems and it's perfect for our dear friend right now (I'm pretty sure I know who you are dedicating this to!) x

  9. Thank you for reminding me of this wonderful poem. I hope it brings strength and courage to your friends who may need it in difficult times. My wish for all is peace and healing and always
    sunshine in your shadows

  10. That poem always makes me cry. It's the reason, if Meerkat had been a boy, she would have had the middle name Kipling.
    have a wonderful weekend Felicity

  11. Felicity, It's lovely to 'see' you again. Hope you are O.K. I have been thinking of you often. Your poem is exquisite, as are the sentiments so often expressed by you. Hugs to you. Emma. xx

  12. That's beautiful. And you're so right, blogging friends are like nothing else x

  13. I love those words and the beautiful artworks too. I am left warm and fuzzy as always Felicity x

  14. Yes I have read this poem before it truly is beautiful. Also to have good friends is a true gift. Charmaine

  15. Ah, thank you for posting this. It made me a little teary--in a good way! What would we do without our friends? I couldn't get by without mine. :)

  16. Oh, Sweetheart, thanks so much for reminding me of the power and beauty of this poem, one of my childhood favourites. It's just exactly what I needed to read right now. But you know that. You are a gorgeous soul. J x

  17. Love this post so much. Just what I needed to read today. Have been doubting myself way too much recently and you have lifted my spirits and given me the strength to get back on track. *hugs to you* Naomi x


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