I was completing some preparation for a forthcoming workshop, and I was exploring the reality, that the only person that we have control over is ourselves, and whether we could ‘look in the mirror at ourselves and like what we see’.
I recalled a time many years ago, when I created a vision of a beautiful house. It was completely white, and the only piece of furniture was a dressing table with a 3-way mirror. I remember looking in the mirror and saying to myself, “OK, so I like what I see, now how do we get the house furnished”!!!!!
It demonstrates to me how busy we are, seeking and striving for more… for better… and often not taking the time to reflect on how far we have come already, and also to be grateful for the present.
I thought it appropriate to remind us of Wimbrow’s poem and for each of us to ponder the question – “What would my reflection say?”
Is it something you are happy with, or are there things that you’d like to change? Get in touch and share your story.
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 judgment upon you must pass
The fellow 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, clear to the end
And you’ve passed your most difficult, dangerous test
If the man 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.
– Dale Wimbrow (1934)