Yesterday I was having a session with one of my clients, a bank robber on parole who has been in and out of the prison system since he was in his teens. He's been recently released after spending ten years in the federal prison system. He spoke to me of the self he was, and the self he has become. Today, he says, he focuses on the important things in life....rebuilding the relationship with his son and helping others. "Today, when I look in the mirror, I like what I see." And then he asked if I knew the following poem, 'The Man in the Mirror.'
If 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 his life
Is the man staring back from the glass
He's the fellow to please, never mind the rest
For he's with you clear up 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 your final reward will be heartache and tears
If you've cheated the man in the glass
-- A convict...found on the walls of his cell--
Each of us looks into a mirror at least several times each day. Who looks back at you?
Wishing you all a day of peace and love.