I grew up under the influence of Rudyard Kipling, and his poem, IF. I'm sure you remember it,,,, "And--which is more--you'll be a Man, my son!"
Anywhoo received this update in today's e-mails - thought you might appreciate it too!
If you can start the day without caffeine or pep pills,
If you can be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,
If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,
If you can eat the same food everyday and be grateful for it,
If you can understand when loved ones are too busy to give you time,
If you can overlook when people take things out on you when, through no fault of yours, something goes wrong,
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
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 do all these things...
...Then you are probably the family dog.......