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Old Yesterday, 11:23 PM   #16846
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I didn't say that. You're putting words into my mouth. But my lot in life has certainly been far better than if I had been born and raised in a poverty-stricken nation. And I did not get to choose that.


You don't think that it is inferred?

Why you? Why not them? Your statement says to me that God's Grace alone decided that outcome for you.
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Old Yesterday, 11:25 PM   #16847
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Hello by the way Boxcar. I don't chat much with you anymore but only because a lot of this stuff is read-only for me. I have to jump at my limited chances.
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Old Today, 12:52 AM   #16848
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Frost was brilliant.


Yes, but this poem is the best I know and reverberates with spirituality.

If—
By Rudyard Kipling

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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"If" is a tremendous, and oft quoted, poem.
Kipling wrote it to his son intending to impart to him stoicism and humility.
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"If" is a tremendous, and oft quoted, poem.
Kipling wrote it to his son intending to impart to him stoicism and humility.

The part about risking all your winnings on one shot has provided me with much solace on many a sleepless night.
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If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
Then obviously you don't understand the situation.
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