The Man in the Glass

although it is popularly said that money can't bl!y happiness, many people still live their lives as if they believed the opposite. Being rich and successful has little to do with overall contentment. We are happiest when we feel in charge of our own lives, have high self-esteem. enjoy a close network of friends and family and believe we are doing well, rather than being incompetent or ineffective.

In a recent survey, asking people what makes them happy, the last reason given was money. "Being true to yourself," "Being competent at activities," "Having close bonds with people," and "Feeling respect for yourself," topped the list.

For many years I conducted seminars on a variety of topics such as Personal Development. Motivation, Sales Presentations, Mind Potential and, ofcourse. Memory Improvement. At the end of each seminar I read the enclosed poem, as it exactly echoes my thoughts and summed up my philosophies. My delegates also seemed to enjoy it as it ended the sessions on an appropriate note. It was an anonymous poem that I came across years ago. I had heard that all sorts of people lay claim to it.

In his usual meticulous way, David Britland searched the internet and found a reference to a Dale Wimbrow, who wrote this poem in 1934. I lis son. Peter Dale Wimbrow Jnr., has given permission for this poem to be used here, providing his father is credited. This I do with the greatest respect and in grateful appreciation for all the pleasure this poem has giv en me and many others over the years.

The Man in the Glass

Dale Wimbrow

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

It isn't your father, or mother, or wife, Whose judgment upon you must pass.

The one whose verdict counts most in vour life j

Is the one staring back in the glass.

He's the one you must satisfy, beyond all the rest. For he is with you right up to the end, And you will have passed your most difficult test If the man in the glass is your friend.

He may be the one who got a good break.

And thinks he's a wonderful guy.

But the man in the glass says, "You're only a fake,"

If you can't look him straight in the eye.

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 heartaches and tears. If you have cheated the man in the glass.

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