Who’s In The Glass? Who Can Respond?

In the midst of the confusion………….

In the midst of all the confusion and frustration in the world today it is worth remembering that only one person controls the outcome of your life and how it is lived. It’s not the politicians nor the doctors (nor your wife!!), it’s sometimes hard to take responsibility for your life and yet when you do your life becomes better than you could possibly imagine.


The ability to respond

I once heard a wise person say that “responsibility, when all said and done, is nothing more than the ability to respond” – George Zalucki – and surely this is what we must do with our lives………. use our ability to respond in whatever situation we encounter and use that ability wisely!


I’m not really a poem type person

Despite the fact that I know how amazingly effective language is when helping a person to recover from such conditions as stress, anxiety or depression I’m not really that in to poetry. However this poem was shown to me recently and I thought it embodied the area of responsibility (or the ability to respond). It’s by D. Wimbrow and it’s entitled…….


The Man In The Glass

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


What a simple yet amazing poem that we should all learn from!

Who and what do you see when you look in the mirror?

How do you make what you see better, happier and more fulfilled?


Until next time


4 Pillars of Depression & Anxiety


About Graham

Graham Nicholls is a Professional Coach, Author and Expert in Human Behavioural Patterns who helps his clients to make their lives better.
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