When you get what you want in your struggle for self,

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 mother, your father or wife,

Whose judgement on you must pass,

The fellow whose verdict counts you most in your life,

Is the guy staring back from the glass.


He’s the fellow to please,never mind all the rest,

For he’s with you clean to the end,

And you’ve passed your most dangerous and difficult test,

If the guy in the glass is your friend.


You may be like Jack Horner and chisel a plum,

And think you are a wonderful guy,

But the guy in the glass says you are a bum,

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 the final reward will be heartaches and tears,

If you’ve cheated the guy in the glass.

– Anonymous


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