When I was a young, I read this from Kipling and somehow it stuck a chord in me.
Just yesterday, while reading a book before bedtime, I read the quote again in the book and I am putting it here for posterity:-
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 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!
I think Kipling is talking about equanimity here. I may never reach upto the high benchmark he is talking about. But, from now, atleast I shall die trying....