When you get what you want in your struggle for pelf,
And the world makes you King for a day,
Then go to the mirror and look at yourself,
And see what that guy has to say.
For it isn't your Father, or Mother, or Wife,
Who judgement upon you must pass.
The feller whose verdict counts most in your life
Is the guy staring back from the glass.
He's the feller to please, never mind all the rest,
For he's with you clear up to the end,
And you've passed your most dangerous, difficult test
If the guy in the glass is your friend.
You may be like Jack Horner and "chisel" a plum,
And think you're 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.
You can fool the whole world down the pathway of years,
And get pats on the back as you pass,
But your final reward will be heartaches and tears
If you've cheated the guy in the glass.
Above is a copy of my favorite poem, entitled “The Guy in the Glass.” My mother hand-copied it and included it in a card that she gave me on my 16th birthday. Since then, I have had the torn and tattered paper framed, and it now hangs on my bathroom wall. I read it each morning, reflect back on what a wonderful person my mother was, and try to emulate her example of how to live life.
As individuals, we are certain to reap the rewards of the good we do, as well as suffer the consequences of not living our lives morally and to the fullest. There are many goals that folks strive for in their life time--spiritual, financial, physical, and emotional . Progress toward self-improvement can only come from within, and it is up to each and every one of us to present ourselves with dignity and earn our own success.
As this poem so accurately depicts, we may be able to deceive those around us, but, in the end, none of that will be ample if we can not persuade ourselves.
-- Teri Mannering, Financial Operations Manager