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