What do You See When You Look in the Mirror?

What do You See When You Look in the Mirror?

Some two years ago I came across this profound poem of Dale Wimbrow that contains a life lesson for young and old.

The Guy in the Glass, by Dale Wimbrow, (c) 1934

When 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 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.


So why is this an ideal moment?

Well, for the readers who read regularly, they may have noticed that I got into a bit of bitcoin and blockchain investing lately. It is a very, very exciting endeavor with huge potential. It is history being written with me right in the middle. Have you ever caught yourself thinking, while watching clips, movies or documentaries, or reading texts or books about historical moments… “God damn, I’d wish I’d witnessed that!!”. Muhammad Ali’s rise and prime for example. Or Abraham Lincoln ending slavery. World War II!! Well, maybe not WWII, but you get the point I guess. I, at least, catch myself thinking that a lot!

I believe Blockchain is such a point in history. So I am very, VERY enthusiastic about it. And when I am enthusiastic about something, I want to share it with as much as people as possible. I (just like Michel) am all for change and progress, how can I not share that with others? I can confidently say that I am wired like that. The only extra, and with that, the extra problem with cryptocurrency (Bitcoin and all the other alternative coins, or altcoins) is that there is money involved. And I’ve noticed, that when there is money involved people get kind of wary.

Multiple people have asked me if I work for bitcoin, some jokingly, other more seriously. So I started wondering, why are they saying that?? Am I doing something wrong? Maybe I shouldn’t do this…

The Guy in the Glass

And at some point I remembered this poem, The Guy in the Glass. As long as we are able to look ourselves in the eyes when we wake up in the morning and go back to bed at night, we should not worry too much about the judgments of others. (This is not true for psychopaths, by the way)

Like I said, I am hardwired to help other people. It’s why I have been a teacher, it’s why I chose psychology, it’s why I am writing this blog, and it is why I am sharing stuff I am enthusiastic about over-enthusiastically! I did this too when meditation just came up for example. Only there is no latent potential, tangible benefit for me when sharing that, so the only comment I got at the moment was: “I can see you ending up at a mountain all alone with some goats” (only to hear from the same guy a year later that he is considering taking a course). I would love a place in the mountains though!

We’re all judges

To conclude, people will always make judgments. Talking about being hardwired, people are hardwired to judge (except monks). Me too, way more than I would like to. I catch myself judging the shit out of everything when I’m walking the streets (although it’s less when I meditate regularly, YOU SHOULD TRY IT, IT’S AWESOME…).

But if you think about it, judgments often times say more about the (casual) judge then about the judgee.

So with all the things you do, however crazy or outrageous or pretentious they might look to others, if you’re able to look yourself in the eyes in the glass, without remorse..?

Keep Calm and Carry On

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