Conference this week has left me exhausted, I’ll recharge this weekend, back on road next week. At our conference we had a celebrity sports figure speak. Older guy, there to inspire us with his wisdom and he did. He ended his pep talk with a famous poem by Dale Wimbrow that was originally published in 1934 and quite popular in the 1950s and which I publish again as meaningful to my group of readers.
The Man in the Mirror
When you get all you want and you 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 man has to say.
For it isn’t your mother, your father or wife
whose judgment upon you must pass,
but the man, whose verdict counts most in your life
is the one staring back from the glass.
He’s the fellow to please,
never mind all the rest.
For he’s with you right to the end,
and you’ve passed your most dangerous difficult test
if the man 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 heartache and tears
if you’ve cheated the man in the glass.