The Guy in the Glass

Todays entry is a little different. I have been cleaning out my bookshelf and found a book I haven't read in a while by the current Australian cricket team coach, Justin Langer. I had a quick flick through and found a chapter I dog-eared the last time I read it. The chapter was on 'mental toughness', breaking down what that really meant to him and in it he references the below poem. It's short and simple, so take some time to read and reflect on it when you can.

The Guy in the Glass

Dale Wimbrow, 1934

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 judgement upon you mast pass.

The fellow whose verdict counts most in your life

Is the one staring back from the glass.

You may be like Jack Horner and 'chisel' a plumb

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.

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

For he's with you clear to the end.

And you passed your most dangerous, difficult 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 the final reward will be heartbreak and tears

If you've cheat the man in the glass.

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