The Guy in the Glass

by Adam on February 19, 2010

We’re coming to the end of the first stage of the foundational articles here at Magical Penny. The aim was make you face up to where you are financially and to prompt you to develop a plan with your pennies before you make any other moves.

Magical Penny will be back on Monday with a series on prioritising and eliminating debt – the next stage of the journey towards growing your pennies. Until then I’ll leave you something a little different: one of my favourite poems:

“The Guy in the Glass”

When you get what you want in your struggle for pelf,
And the world makes you King for a day,
Then go to the mirror and look at yourself,
And see what that guy has to say.

For it isn’t your Father, or Mother, or Wife,
Who judgment upon you must pass.
The feller whose verdict counts most in your life
Is the guy staring back from the glass.

He’s the feller to please, never mind all the rest,
For he’s with you clear up to the end,
And you’ve passed your most dangerous, difficult test
If the guy in the glass is your friend.

You may be like Jack Horner and “chisel” a plum,
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.

You can fool the whole world down the pathway of years,
And get pats on the back as you pass,
But your final reward will be heartaches and tears
If you’ve cheated the guy in the glass.

Dale Wimbrow

What are you doing to make the person in your mirror proud?

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