An anonymous gift forwarded by Mark Yarnell.

I usually prefer to create my own ideas and write my own thoughts. But occasionally something crosses my desk that changes my thinking dramatically. Sometimes I find myself moved at a deep heart level by the brilliance and simplicity of creative thinkers and authors. This is one of those examples. It came anonymously into my life and therefore I send it anonymously into yours. The title is: “IF”


If you can start the day without caffeine,

If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,

If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,

If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it,

If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time,

If you can overlook it when those you love take it out on you when through no fault of yours, something goes wrong.

If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,

If you can resist treating a rich friend better than a poor friend,

If you can face the world without lies and deceit,

If you can conquer tension without medical help,

If you can relax without liquor,

If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,

If you can honestly say that deep in your heart you have no prejudice against creed, color, religion, gender preference, or politics,

Then you have reached the same level of development as your dog.

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