Mirrors

Mirrors are funny things.

Even though they simply give us a reflection of ourselves, we do not always see what we expected to see.  At times, the reflection in the mirror looks like a stranger… how did she get so old? so pretty? so fat? so skinny?  How did he get so sad? so lost?  so hard?  Is that really me out there?

Should we adjust our picture of self in view of what the mirror says?  Do we have to face the lady/man in the mirror?

Mirrors are good for many things.  Like telling us whether we have spinach in our teeth; or making us feel like a million bucks when the hair is just right; or making sure we have good form when we exercise.  And sometimes, mirror tell us truths we would not face otherwise…

More often than not, the reflection perceived through the mirror determines much of what we experience that day.  If we see ourselves tired, we are tired.  If we see ourselves pretty and happy, we act pretty and happy.  And if we see ourselves fat, well, that’s it, the day is ruined…

It is certainly note-worthy that human beings are the only beings whose awareness of self is directed by mirrors.  We people admire ourselves in mirrors.  And we the same people get all messed up because of the very same mirrors…

A mirror, reflecting a vase

Mirrors are meant to give us a feed-back of what is there.

But how we handle that feed-back is what truly matters.  And that is totally up to us.  Will we use it to our advantage, or not? Will we be ruled by it?  Will we ignore what we saw, or will we let it direct our steps?

Mirrors are neither good nor bad. They are an opportunity.

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14 comments

  1. I absolutely loved this post! And I totally agree. God has blessed you with this ministry, Barb! Keep after it, girl. Much love, Debbie VanGorder

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  2. I can identify with your former battle with the lady in the mirror. “She” always has something to say.

    When the beholder finds her voice and proclaims truth to the reflection, she’s free. You’re free, my friend, and I love it!

    Reading again your face-off with “her” reminds me to listen more closely to what those little voices are saying to me; and to guard my thoughts and what I say about the woman I see looking back at me. She needs my encouragement, my support, and my direction.

    Thank you for provoking me to ponder.

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  3. Sometimes our spouses or friends can be trusted “mirrors”. My husband will tell me sometimes that my voice tone is harsh, or short, or uncaring when I am not aware of it. That makes me take a step back and examine my heart, and also examine how I communicate with others. Sometimes, a friend will tell me that I did or said just the right thing to lift someone’s spirits, and that helps me to want to continue doing or saying those things. The key is to be honest with ourselves, I think—examining our motives. That way, if someone says something that hurts me, I can weigh its value against what I know to be true, and then be at peace.

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