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.
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 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….)