By E. M. Gerus

If you put truth above your own desires 
And value those as friends who feel the same 
If you take pride in things that you've accomplished 
And when you're wrong, stand up and take the blame 
If you can understand your limitations 
And not waste time on tasks beyond your scope 
But take the future as a brand new challenge
That you can meet with confidence and hope
If you can listen to those who would advise you
And then judge for yourself just what is right
If you can keep in touch with all about you
And settle differences without a fight
If you can find delight in simple pleasures
And see the rainbow, not the falling rain
If you can lose and never give up trying
Believing that there's nothing done in vain
If you can staunchly stick by your convictions
And not let others set your goals for you
If you can be as practical as need be
And still remember sometimes dreams come true
If you can live the life that you believe in
And trust your judgment and maturity
Then you'll be not just happy and successful,
But the worthwhile person you are meant to be.


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