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The Guy in the Glass
  • poetry
  • english
  • spirituality
  • goodness
Thursday, 19th April 2012

When you get what you want in your struggle for self
And the world makes you king for a day
Just go to the mirror and look at yourself
And see what that man has to say.

For it isn't your Father or Mother or wife
Whose judgement upon you must pass.
The fellow whose verdict counts most in your life
Is the one staring back from the glass.

Some people may call you a straight shooting chum
And call you a wonderful guy,
but the man in the glass says you're only a bum
If you can't look him straight in the eye.

He's the fellow to please, never mind all the rest
For he's with you clear to the end,
And you have passed your most dangerous test
If the man in the glass is your friend.

You may face the whole world down the pathway of life
And get pats on the back when you pass,
But your final reward will be heartache and strife
If you've cheated the man in the glass.

Dale Wimbrow
____ § ____

Be an honest man or woman. That's all.

Let God's wisdom guide you in every situation. In every situation, stay alert and ask yourself, "Am I doing the right thing here? Will this action make me a sad person or a happy person? Will I be able to face myself after doing this? Will I be proud of myself or shameful? Will this action hurt another soul? Will I be able to sleep peacefully after doing this?"

If you continually ask these questions of yourself, then you will always make the right decisions. And you'll be a happy person. You won't ever need pills or psychiatric counselling sessions or motivational lectures or spirituality or yoga. No one will be able to sell you their brand of snake oil. You will be a fulfilled man or woman, ever peaceful and mentally strong.

Give no mind to the judgement of others. Be your own judge and a compassionate one in that.

Grow a thicker skin. Learn to let criticism from others roll off your back. Don't take too seriously what they say. It doesn't matter what they say. They don't know any better. They are not your friends; they don't love you; they say what they say only to fill time. They resort to judgement and gossip for their amusement. They talk out of habit.

The only person whose verdict must really count for you is your own. May you be your most critical judge. May you be your most compassionate appraiser.

  1. Waiting, a poem by John Burroughs.
  2. Secret Thoughts, a poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox.
  3. The Thinker, a poem by Berton Braley.