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Wishing all my readers a bright future!
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rakspatel wrote in mycroft_brolly
January is over, February is now here, and 2012 is well and truly underway. I had some good news today, that will hopefully lead to a bright new future for me. I am wishing all readers of The Umbrella Organisation exactly the same!

"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars" - Oscar Wilde



The four friends from Emperor and Galilean - Agathon, Peter, Julian and Gregory (left to right).
Photo credit: http://www.andrew-scott-online.com/

This has now pretty much become my default photo for all good news and celebrations. It is about aiming high, reaching for the stars, pursuing your dreams and ambitions, and, last but not least, friendship.

And, here is a poem I am trying desperately hard to live up to:

If by Rudyard Kipling

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 impostors 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, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe 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!

Dennis Hopper nailed it. Follow the link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlfnm9gV52w