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The Guy in the Glass by Dale Wimbrow
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 judgment upon you must pass.
The fellow whose verdict counts most in your life Is the one staring back from the glass.
Some people may call you a straight shooting 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 have passed your most dangerous test If the man in the glass is your friend.
You may face the whole world down the pathway of life And get pats on the back when you pass,
But your final reward will be heartache and strife If you've cheated the man in the glass.
The Challenge by Jim Rohn
Let others lead small lives,
But not you.
Let others argue over small things, But not you.
Let others cry over small hurts,
But not you.
Let others leave their future In someone else's hands,
But not you.
My Wage by Jessie B. Rittenhouse
I bargained with life for a penny, And life would pay no more, However I begged at evening When I counted my scanty store;
For life is a just employer,
He gives you what you ask,
But once you have set the wages, Why, you must bear the task.
I worked for a menial's hire,
Only to learn dismayed,
That any wage I had asked of life,
Life would have paid.
Watch By Frank Outlaw
Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.
Equipment By Edgar A. Guest
Figure it out for yourself, my lad,
You've all that the greatest of men have had,
Two arms, two hands, two legs, two eyes And a brain to use if you would be wise.
With this equipment they all began,
So start for the top and say, "I can."
Look them over, the wise and great They take their food from a common plate,
And similar knives and forks they use,
With similar laces they tie their shoes.
The world considers them brave and smart,
But you've all they had when they made their start.
You can triumph and come to skill,
You can be great if you only will.
You're well equipped for what fight you choose,
You have legs and arms and a brain to use,
And the man who has risen great deeds to do Began his life with no more than you.
You are the handicap you must face,
You are the one who must choose your place,
You must say where you want to go,
How much you will study the truth to know.
God has equipped you for life, but He Lets you decide what you want to be.
Courage must come from the soul within,
The man must furnish the will to win.
So figure it out for yourself, my lad.
You were born with all that the great have had,
With your equipment they all began,
Get hold of yourself and say: "I can."
Don't Dwell Author Unknown
Don't dwell on what might have been or the chances you have missed.
Or the lonely nights that lie between the last time lovers kissed.
Don't grasp too hard the memory of the things that never came.
The door that did not open or the wind that killed the flame. There is still time enough to live...And time enough to try again.
Our Deepest Fear By Marianne Williamson
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness That most frightens us.
We ask ourselves
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small Does not serve the world.
There's nothing enlightened about shrinking So that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine,
As children do.
We were born to make manifest The glory of God that is within us.
It's not just in some of us;
It's in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we're liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.
The Invitation By Oriah Mountain Dreamer
It doesn't interest me what you do for a living.
I want to know what you ache for,
And if you dare to dream of meeting Your heart's longing.
It doesn't interest me how old you are.
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool For love, for your dream,
For the adventure of being alive.
It doesn't interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow,
If you have been opened by life's betrayals,
Or have become shriveled and closed from fear of further pain.
I want to know if you can sit with pain,
Mine or your own,
To hide it or fade it or fix it.
I want to know if you can be with joy,
Mine or your own,
If you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes
Without cautioning us to be careful, be realistic, or to remember the limitations of being human.
It doesn't interest me if the story you are telling me is true.
I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself,
If you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul.
I want to know if you can be faithless and therefore be trustworthy.
I want to know if you can see beauty Even when it is not pretty every day,
And if you can source your life From its presence.