Taylorcraft Daze

The history, diary, thoughts, and opinions of an Iowa Taylocraft pilot. The postings will be heavy in the areas of flying Taylorcraft Aircraft, Formation Flying, Flights throughout the Great United States, and other flying activities.

Friday, January 13, 2006

“If” for Girls

If you can trust yourself
Though others doubt you
And conquer fears
That limit what you dare
So you can freely give
To those about you
The skills and talents
That are yours to share;

If you can live,
Not for your pleasure only,
But gladly lend
Your gentleness and grace
To warm the hearts
Of those whose lives are lonely
And help to make their world
A better place;

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 that task may be;

If you can temper facts with understanding
And seek to gently guide, not to control,
And neither be too lax nor too demanding.
But keep in mind the worth of every soul;

If you can strive, not caring who gets credit,
And work at building bridges and not walls,
Or hearing idle slander, just forget it
And never fail to help someone who falls;

If you can give your help without begrudging
The patience, time and effort you impart,
Or look at others’ weakness 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 you should,
You’ll be a woman…and all those around you
Will be the richer for your womanhood!

BARBARA BURROW

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