For All Human Beings

if for a young woman

Recently, a dear friend gave me a copy of a poem by Barbara Burrow. This composition was addressed to a woman, but my friend thought that it could be easily applied to any human being and I totally agree with her.

Here it follows,

“If” for a young woman

If you can trust yourself though others doubt you

And conquer fears that limit what you dare

So you can then enrich the world about you

With skills and talents that are yours to share:

If you enjoy both quiet introspection

And festive times with friends and family,

If you make time for dreaming and reflection

But still find joy in others’ company;

If you can balance dreams with practicality

And deal in facts but never lose ideals,

If you can face the harshness of reality

And find the truths that prejudice conceals:

If you  can be courageous when  defeated

And humble  in the face of victory

Or  give your best until a task’s completed,

However difficult the task  may be;

If you can be sincere when giving  credit

And work at building bridges and not walls

Or strive to reach a price until you  get it,

Yet never fail to help someone who  falls…

If you  can  temper facts with understanding

And manage well the things in your  control

And neither be too lax or too  demanding

But keep in  mind  the worth of every soul;

If you can reach objectives, not  begrudging

The patience, time, and effort you  impart,

And look at   others’ actions without judging

And see not with your eyes but with  your heart;

If you can take resources that  surround you

And  use  them in the way you feel is good,

You’ll be successful… and all  those around you

Will be the richer for your  womanhood.

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