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Never Let Me Down Again Redux II


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People let us down. I’ve let people down. It’s a predictable cycle. Most people do their best, but we never know what others may expect from what they give us.

It’s best to expect nothing.

Except from myself. I’ve shortchanged myself more than anyone. By telling myself I’m not good enough. Through discounting my accomplishments. In believing others when they practically say I should give up.

I wonder what caused Aunt Polly to keep this message. It was to her old people, whoever they were. It was her handwriting that reached out and strangled me from the paper. Hope you find it inspiring.

Like I was meant to find it.

Right now.

The Man in the Glass
Author Unknown

When you get what you want in your struggle for self

And the world makes you king for a day,

Just go to a 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.

Some people might think you’re a straight-shootin’ chum

And call you 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’ve passed your most dangerous test.

If the guy 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.

I will be without internet access from today through next Thursday. I will not be able to visit blogs, respond to comments or email, or interact in social media. Please know that I will catch up next week. I miss you when I’m not here.

Also, apologies for some issues with this post (went out early, then didn’t go out via e.mail, so I needed to redo it again….)

22 Comments Post a comment
  1. I like that poem…it’s a hard truth to follow..I mean you know..looking in the mirror test. Because ultimately no matter what reasons we give we really do need to answer to ourselves.

    November 7, 2013
  2. The perfect words and message, for you, for me, and for so many of us. Enjoy yourself on whatever adventure you are heading on. <3

    November 7, 2013
  3. Wow…great poem and something I would need to read often…

    November 7, 2013
  4. Hope you enjoy your time away, and that it is productive writing time.

    November 7, 2013
  5. have fun, enjoy and I loved this entry

    see you next week

    November 7, 2013
  6. Have a great time away. May you come back more confident in your own awesomeness!

    November 7, 2013
  7. Reblogged this on KMSRAJ51-Always Positive Thinker.

    November 7, 2013
  8. Have a good and safe mind journey

    November 7, 2013
  9. Safe Travels!

    November 7, 2013
  10. tarakianwarrior #

    Wow. Yes, this “man” in the mirror doesn’t like what she sees, but I’m either too lazy, or don’t care enough, to change myself. Sometimes I believe there’s no winning with the man in the mirror. Hope all is well and you’re doing something FUN!

    November 7, 2013
  11. and important lesson for us all. We shall await your return eagerly.

    November 7, 2013
  12. Ah so true…so true… I spent years trying to make everyone else happy. Only to one day see myself in a photo and go “who is that person?? She looks so unhappy.” Now, I constantly seek my approval and no one elses. See you when you get back :)

    November 7, 2013
  13. Yes, there was a lot of frustration in tracking down this post. One kept getting an ‘Oops’ message!
    It is very true what that rhyme puts across. Unless, of course, one is such a lousy judge of character one thinks one has a good one when one doesn’t!

    November 7, 2013
  14. Once we accept that our reputations vary from person to person, and even day-to-day (depending upon the topic under discussion), we stop getting so caught up in the opinions of others which tend to be based more on who they are than on who we are.

    Instead, we strive to do our best while remaining focused on the reputation that matters most: The one we have with the “man in the mirror.”

    Enjoy your time awa’

    November 7, 2013
  15. Fabulous! And oh so true! Seems like the perfect time to get away! ox

    November 7, 2013
  16. Great poem, Andra.

    November 7, 2013
  17. This one gutted me. Powerful words.

    November 7, 2013
  18. We’ve all cheated the man in the glass, but every new day is a chance to redeem ourselves!

    November 7, 2013
  19. Safe travel – or passage, or whatever, Andra. Thinking of you.

    November 7, 2013
  20. Wonderful raw insights Andra – hope the break is enjoyable!

    November 8, 2013
  21. We are our own worst critics, aren’t we? But sometimes, you have to go with your gut!

    November 8, 2013
  22. Kir Piccini #

    Amen. Because just like a prayer, this one made me ache.

    November 11, 2013

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