Mirrors around the world
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.