Inside of every one of us, there is a true self that tends to get buried under the pressures of the culture we live in. But we can always retain and cultivate the relationship with our inner selves by holding this relationship dear.
A Life of Possibility
Are you living your authentic life?
"You are who you choose to be."
Since I was young, this mantra has been burned into my brain and my heart. I don't know where it came from exactly - but it is part of the moral fiber of my life - and I think of all of our lives as Americans.
But in the fast-paced, high-pressure world we live in today, it is easy to wake up one day and realize that it feels like you are living someone else's life. That you aren't the person you always wanted to be. That the face that you are putting out to the world isn't authentic to your truth.
And it is possible for you to make it through life with outward signs of success, while continuing to suffer inside. That fate is all too common in light of the social and economic pressures that force us to become people foreign to our true values.
But there is always the opportunity to realign with your inner self. To give yourself a chance to look in the mirror and be proud of the man or woman you see looking back at you.
This poem always helps me remember how important it is to hold dear that relationship with my inner self - as Dale Wimbrow calls him, "The Guy in the Glass".
The Guy in the Glass
by Dale Wimbrow, (c) 1934
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 judgement 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.