My first serious job was as a sales rep for Xerox. There was a lot of training involved. One thing I read has stayed in my mind and really influenced my life.
It’s a poem that was originally believed to be written by an unknown man in prison. When I first read it, it was called “The Man in the Mirror.” I have since learned it was written in 1934 by a man named Peter “Dale” Wimbrow Sr. and was originally called “The Guy in the Glass.”
It’s really about not being able to fool yourself when you look at yourself in the mirror. You always know the truth.
True integrity and self-respect can only be determined by whom you see when you look in the mirror. Our friends, family, and co-workers speculate about who we really are, but only “The Man In the Mirror” knows the real truth. What type of person does your mirror reflect in the mornings? Do you like who you see?
I hope you enjoy!
The Man in the Mirror
When you get all you want and you struggle
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 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 highway of years,
And take 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.