Mir­rors around the world

Bayside and Northern Suburbs Star - - NEWS - AL­LAN MALE

LONG ago in a small vil­lage, there was a place known as ‘the house of 1000 mir­rors.’ A happy lit­tle dog learned of this place and de­cided to visit. When he ar­rived, he bounced hap­pily up the stairs to the door­way. He looked through the door with his tail wag­ging as fast as he could. To his great sur­prise, he found him­self star­ing at 1000 great smiles just as friendly. As he left the house, he thought to him­self, ‘this is a won­der­ful place - I will come back again and visit of­ten’. In this same vil­lage, an­other lit­tle dog, who was not quite as happy as the first, de­cided to visit the house. He slowly climbed the stairs and hung his head low as he looked through the door. When he saw the 1000 un­friendly look­ing dogs star­ing back at him, he growled at them and was hor­ri­fied to see 1000 lit­tle dogs growl­ing back at him. As he left, he thought to him­self, ‘this is a hor­ri­ble place, I will never come back here again’. All the faces in the world are mir­rors. What kind of re­flec­tion do you see in the faces of the peo­ple you meet? And what kind of face do they see on you?

“TO­DAY, we learned how God watches us all the time,” a lit­tle girl said brightly. “He sees ev­ery­thing we do.” A frown crossed her mother’s face. “But, dar­ling,” she queried, “doesn’t make you feel un­com­fort­able to think that God is... well spy­ing on you like that.” “Oh, no, Mummy, you don’t un­der­stand,” said the lit­tle girl smil­ing, “it’s just that God loves me so much. He can’t take his eyes off me.”

THE man in the mir­ror says it all. “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 the man has to say. For it isn’t a man’s fa­ther, mother or wife, whose judg­ment upon him must pass, the fel­low whose ver­dict counts most in life, is the man star­ing back from the glass. He’s the fel­low to please, never mind all the rest, for he’s with you clear 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 the fi­nal re­ward will be heartache and tears, if you’ve cheated the man in the glass.” (This poem was thought to have been writ­ten by a con­demned man and he was ex­e­cuted soon af­ter­wards. Some doubt has been cast on that now.)

AT­TI­TUDE is the mir­ror that makes all the dif­fer­ence. “The longer I live, the more I re­alise the im­pact of at­ti­tude on life. At­ti­tude, to me, is more im­por­tant than facts. It is more im­por­tant than the past, than ed­u­ca­tion, than money, than cir­cum­stances, than fail­ures, than suc­cesses, than gifted abil­ity, or skill. It will make or break a com­pany, or a church. The re­mark­able thing is we have a choice ev­ery day re­gard­ing the at­ti­tude we will em­brace ev­ery day. We can­not change the past and we can­not change the in­evitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have and this string is at­ti­tude. I am con­vinced that life is 10% what hap­pens to us and

90% how we re­act to it. We are in charge of our at­ti­tudes. I used to share with the lads from the courts that if A = One and T= twenty etc, and us­ing that for­mula, at­ti­tude = 100, and so does dis­ci­pline.

“SOME­TIMES, we wish we were dif­fer­ent. But, you are the only you there is. Ac­cep­tance is im­por­tant. Some­one will al­ways be pret­tier. They will al­ways be smarter. Their house will al­ways be big­ger. Their chil­dren will al­ways do bet­ter at school. Their hus­band will al­ways fix more things around their house, So let it go and ac­cept your cir­cum­stances. Think about it. The pret­ti­est woman in the world can have hell in her heart. And the most highly favoured woman in the world may be un­able to have chil­dren. Al­though she’s got the car, the house and the clothes, she may be lonely. So look in the mir­ror in the morn­ing, smile and give thanks. Re­mem­ber, we are most con­tent when we are most grate­ful for what we own, sat­is­fied with what we make and gen­er­ous to those in need. It is not how much we have, but how much we en­joy that makes hap­pi­ness.” This was on the way­side pul­pit from a church in Lon­don.

MEN’S Din­ner at the Unit­ing Church Board Street, Deagon on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 5 at 6pm for 6.30pm. The guest speaker is Ja­son Beck who is now a vet. He will talk about col­lect­ing bot­tles, es­pe­cially Sandgate soft-drink bot­tles from the days when we had five soft drink mak­ers in town. Please re­serve your place with John Buchanan on 3269 6960.

BE­CAUSE this is my fi­nal Male Re­port,” I wish for you ... my dear read­ers. “I wish you a life with love - a true love to share your ev­ery dream, fam­ily love to warm your heart, and price­less love found in the gift of friend­ship. I wish you peace – peace know­ing who you are, peace know­ing what you be­lieve in, and peace in the un­der­stand­ing of what is im­por­tant in your life. I wish you joy – joy as you awaken each day with grat­i­tude in your heart for new be­gin­nings, joy when you sur­ren­der to the beauty of a flower or a baby’s smile, and joy, a hun­dred times re­turned, for each time you’ve brought hap­pi­ness to an­other’s heart.”

“It’s im­por­tant that peo­ple know what you stand for. It’s equally im­por­tant that they know what you won’t stand for,” Mary Wal­drop.

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