"...When you get what you want in your struggle for self and the world makes you king for a day, just go to a mirror and look at yourself and see what that guy has to say.
It isnt your father or mother or spouse whose judgement upon you must pass, the fellow whose verdict counts most in your life is the one staring back from the glass.
You may 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 guy in the glass .
He's the person to please never mind all the rest for he's with you clear up to the end, and you've passed your most dangerous test if the man in the glass is your friend!..."
Dale Wimbrow, first published in The American Magazine in 1934.
A friend game me this, written on a scratch piece of paper when I was going through a very difficult time! At first I thought it cheesy and selfish, not at all what I needed to hear, yet it turned out to be very helpful even to this day! Who can love others who does not love the person God is making them to be? Who can have mercy, compassion, forbearance who has none for himself? Who can be a friend to others who has not learned to be a friend to self? Dont forget every day to hear what that guy has to say...!