From one of my “blogfriends”, Lani: It’s really a very inspiring poem.
Inspiring, indeed. I remember that back then, in my little world, Kipling’s words saw me through some very trying times as people tried to put me down, pit me against others, challenge my integrity, all to make me prove myself worthy of being a cadet officer.
Looking back now I can’t help but feel silly for going through the whole exercise but the truth of the matter is, it was all worth it. As we would say, nakakapagpatigas ng buto at nakapagpapatibay ng loob. I guess the humility that I found and the perseverance I kept myself armed with proved to be good lessons I went back to over and over again later on in life, and even today.