Vol 1.2 "If" December 30,2002

Dear Friends,

It is 5:20AM December 30, 2002 and I’ve been up for a hour and a half.
I came into work early today to catch up on
e-mails. I was watching the news yesterday and they were
interviewing celebrities about their New Year’s resolutions.
You heard the typical stuff like lose weight, be a better friend, stop smoking and be happy.
I certainly can relate to the losing weight goal. I’ve been having this fight with
myself that I will absolutely not buy larger pants just so I can breathe easier!
It’s like I have 3 wardrobes, my thin wardrobe (which I might add are in impeccible
shape considering I rarely wear them),
my medium wardrobe (which are battered beyond belief since I spend way too much time here,
but I refuse to replace since the beautiful thin wardrobe is just 15 pounds away) and my
‘oh my God I can’t believe I look like Orson Welles’ wardrobe (these also are in remarkable
shape since I always start dieting the
minute I’m nudged over the line into my big boy clothes). But this newsletter isn’t
about my weight (not enough time to talk about that) ,but an opportunity for all of us to
reflect a little on what is important
in this world. I dug up an old poem by Rudyard Kipling ‘If’ that I thought those of
you that had read it many years ago can read it again to remember it’s wisdom as we
go ahead in uncertain times. And for those of you who have never heard its prose can find
the enlightment it has bequeathed on even
the most humble of us creatures that still try to find the light in a night where all we have
are the stars to guide us. Coming up
in the next few months you will see some new articles (I hope you like them) on such
topics as ‘Trade Up Syndrome’,
‘Divorce, What Are the Odds, The Cold Hard Facts’ and ‘The Top Ten Signs A Fellas
About to Pop the Question’. Without further ado it is my pleasure to share with you Rudyard Kipling’s
‘If’. Happy New Year!

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 imposters 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,
And stoop and build’em up with worn-out
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath 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!
–Rudyard Kipling

The founder and president of Diamond Cutters International, is one of the worlds top diamond experts, as well as a three-time Guinness Book record holder in jewelry design.
Fred The Diamond Guy
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