a Poem by Dale Wimbrow
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.
This poem was written by Dale Wimbrow in 1934. It brings to the fore one of the most important lessons of successful and happy living; being true to oneself. Quit trying to impress other people. Live the life YOU were meant to live, not the life other people want you to live.
“Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.” Will Rogers
You can visit the official page of this poem here.
Many young people spend their small days being told that they are the ‘future’ and they spend all their life hoping, waiting,wishing that they will wake up one morning and find that the ‘future’ has arrived.But it never does.
The future is not an occasion. It is not an event. Neither is it a place.Here are five key points that every young person should have in mind while thinking of the future.
5 key points for the youth
- Stop waiting for some uncertain future-create it
- You are responsible for your life
- Seize the opportunities in your hand
- Youth is no excuse for mischief
- Position yourself purposely
The best way to predict the future is to create it.Create a vision of what you want your life to look like in the next two years and begin doing something that brings you closer to your objective everyday.You are not going to wake up one morning and then BOOM, here is your future.It’s the little things you do everyday that determine where your life is heading.
Stop trying to justify everything that’s wrong with your life.You are responsible for where you are today and for where you are going.You are the pilot of your life.Yes,the weather will be bad sometimes.You can’t control that.But you are in control of the navigation.That’s what matters.
Many youths complain about how the older generation does not give them an opportunity ‘to prove themselves’.To some extent,that argument holds water.But the people who made it in life are not those who waited for opportunities to present themselves.They got up and pursued their set goals. If you are going to do something worthy of note you must be willing to take the initiative.
There is also the tendency for people (not only youths) to think that there are better opportunities elsewhere.Before you leave for those seemingly ‘greener pastures’ make sure you are not looking for something that is already in your hands.There are opportunities where you are.Just spare a moment to look.Gold is under your feet!
Don’t use your youthful energy in self destructive behaviors.Use it to create a better world for yourself and for others.Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg made revolutionary innovations when they were still young men.Both of them were 20 when they started Microsoft and Facebook respectively.Steve Jobs was 21 when he co-founded Apple.Even our Lord Jesus Christ was a youth when He was doing everything He did.
Be deliberate in everything you do.Direct your efforts to where they will give you the most desired result.Don’t be haphazard.
If you want to be a doctor,for example, start reading medical journals and become friends with practicing doctors.Stop waiting for things to happen-make them.Be proactive.
We are the youths, we are the future but that future is NOW!
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