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,
Then go to the mirror and look at yourself,
And see what that man has to say.
For it isn’t a man’s father, mother or wife,
Whose judgement upon him must pass,
The fellow whose verdict counts most in life,
Is the man 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 dangerous, difficult test,
If the man in the glass is your friend.
You can fool the whole world down the pathway of years,
And get pats on the back as you pass,
But the final reward will be heartache and tears,
If you’ve cheated the man in the glass.”

Dale Wimbrow

Reading Schedule

I will read Kurt’s story three times.

First Reading: In my kitchen in the morning. Pre-coffee.

Second Reading: In the Library in the morning. Post-coffee.

Third Reading: Durango Joe’s in the afternoon. Mid- coffee.

Things to Let Go of Before Reading

I usually find time to sit down and read at the end of the day when everything has settled down. But the problem with this is that I bring all of my emotions from the day into what I am reading. This makes it difficult to empathize with the characters as they talk about the difficulties of their lives. To not have any personal bias, I need to let go of my mood from the day, and read the stories.