Below is one of the poems that I remember finding in my dad’s office when I was a kid, and I always thought it was great. Reading it today not only reminds me a bit of my youth, but it also reminds me of the important lessons that a father teaches his son. The lessons that all parents can teach their kids.
The poem itself is anonymous. It really speaks to the concept of being honest with yourself and how at the end of the day, nothing else really matters. Because truthfully, if you achieve results in any other way than being honest and using your abilities for the greatest good, it doesn’t have any lasting value. It isn’t important. It isn’t meaningful. The dollars you may make don’t necessarily bring happiness. The accolades don’t bring peace.
It’s when you are freely giving your talent to the world, you are honest, authentic, sincere, and genuinely passionate about what you are doing that you will receive the greatest reward for your success. The happiness and peace will flow and more than likely, so will the dollars. And, you’ll be able to sleep at night. Read it and see what you think. Feel free to leave your comments.
THE MAN IN THE GLASS
When you get what you want in your struggles for self,
And the world makes you king for a day,
Just go to a mirror and look at yourself
And see what that man has to say.
For it isn’t your father or mother or wife
Whose judgment upon you must pass,
The fellow whose verdict counts most in your life
Is the one staring back from the glass.
Some people might think you’re 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’ve passed your most dangerous test
If the guy in the glass is your friend.
You may fool the whole world down the pathway of years
And get pats on the back as you pass,
But your final reward will be heartache and tears
If you’ve cheated the man in the glass.