Five Gifts for my Newborn Son

If there were five things I could gift my child to secure his or her future, what would they be? Interesting question! I would like to give him the five things that would make the entire world his and make his future secure for eternity: five of my favorite sets of lines from Rudyard Kipling's poem ‘If


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

There is so much negativity in the world. No matter what you do, you are going to be blamed, doubted and hated. Isn't it indeed a gift to be immune to all this negativity and just be oneself?


If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same

Today’s competitive world puts all the more premium on success and shuns failure like plague. Wouldn't it be a gift to not be a rat in this mad rat race?


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

In these uncertain times, one is scared even to take the smallest of decision. Wouldn't it be a gift to be able to just stake everything you have and not be concerned even if you lose it all?


If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
  Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,

People are judged by their clothes, their net worth and their positions. Wouldn't it be a gift to interact with all kinds of people as just people: listen to them, know them and understand them but still not become them?


If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run

With so many distractions in today’s world, an hour saved is an extra hour lived. Wouldn't it be a gift to be able to get the maximum out of every minute of our lives?

This post is a part of the 1001 Gifts Activity by HDFC Life in association with BlogAdda.


Suresh Chandrasekaran said...

Hmm! NOW THAT is something I can wish only on others - too late for me to start :)

The Fool said...

Lol. True.

indu chhibber said...

You make a very thoughtful dad TF.
'People are judged by their clothes'--This was brought home to me only yesterday when a friend remarked-you are wearing an old suit-so i told her all my clothes are old.

Bushra M said...

Such lovely lessons... Your blog always inspires me! Here's a token of my accept it Sir :)

umashankar said...

I love how you garb your promotional posts in meaningful, colourful thoughts. I am impressed by all of those wishes.

Rachna said...

Fabulous ideas, TF! A lovely parenting post from you!

The Fool said...

Thanks a lot, Rachna.

The Fool said...

Thanks Umashankar. Different promotional contests inspire me in different ways - none of them in directions the sponsor seeks though.

The Fool said...

Thanks Bushara and thanks for the token of love. Will definitely accept it.

The Fool said...

Thanks Indu. True - people are too materialistic.

Ashwini C N said...

Wonderfully written. Some times I feel people tend to complicate things unnecessarily and put pressure on others. We just need to let go and concentrate on enjoying ourselves and being us.

jaish_vats said...

I am sure these traits will come in your upbringing TF. You want him to have these and so your actions would be governed by these. Nice dad ! :)

The Fool said...

Thanks Ashwini. Absolutely.

The Fool said...

Thanks Jaish. I hope I can follow up my words with action as well and not become one of those typical nagging pushy parents.

Anonymous said...

That's a great post and amazing wishes ! Don't we all want the same for our children..sometimes we just are not sure how to teach them.

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The Fool said...

Thanks, themoonstone. True.

The Fool said...

Thanks, Ashik.

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