Have you looked in the mirror lately? I don’t mean to see if your outfit makes you look fat or not, whether you have anything green between your teeth or perhaps, how handsome you “think” you look. I mean REALLY looked to see who you are. Try it….look in the mirror and say out loud “Who am I?” It’s a little bit eerie, as while you hope for a positive answer, you are also afraid that the reply might be just the opposite. If you stand there for more than 20 seconds, you start feeling that you want to look away. I’m not sure if it is just a normal reaction or if you start believing the person in the reflection is starting to become real. That they might actually start talking and tell you the truth….sometimes, not what you want to hear. Today, let’s talk about what we see……
Monday Gets Reflective
Do you sincerely like the person that you see in the mirror? Are you the person you see in the mirror?? Some people seem to think of themselves in a very different way than others see and experience them. “Ego, narcissism, selfish, self-centered” are all words that come to mind. I’m sure there’s at least one of those on your list of friends. Sometimes, the most intelligent and talented people have a “self” about them that makes us not want to deal with them on a personal level. I always wonder if they realize the annoyance to others that they provide?!!
If you like the person you see, then you get a gold star because you have learned your life lessons well and you are standing proud. You may not have always felt that way; but it is so nice to reach a point in life that you can feel certain that you are on the right path. I remember when my son was younger that people would ask me what I thought he would be when he grew up. My answer was always “All I want is for him is to feel secure and happy. I want him to feel confident about himself.” I think some were expecting me to say something like a doctor, lawyer, rocket scientist, a successful business man or maybe even the president. But, I never thought of those as dreams or gifts I wanted to project on my child. Instead, I just wanted him to like the person he was and feel good about himself. If he had that, then everything else would fall into place.
I think it must be so very difficult to see a different reflection. I think everyone has experienced it at some time in their lives. Some, however, never see any picture of ‘self’ that they ever enjoy experiencing. Their gazing is that of a dark and frightened world. Sadly, they are often not always the cause of the mirror image. So many, many children and young adults in this world are never given a boost in their lives to help them grow into flourishing, self-assured adults. When they become adults, they struggle to make changes to adjust their feelings. Luckily, there are success stories. Unfortunately, however, there are also dreadful failures too. They may even succeed in life on the surface; but they are never without their “masks” and few, if any, people really know what they are experiencing in the deepest part of their soul.
I wish I could “fix” the whole world and every person in it. I wish everyone could feel great happiness and abounding joy. I wish everyone could look in the mirror today and like the person they see. But, yet again, I have discovered that Santa still hasn’t delivered a magic wand!! I’m not sure of the delay on his part….maybe next year. Until my SanEx delivery arrives, I think there are some possibilities to make a difference in this regard. Here’s what I would like you to do today…..
Everyone needs a boost from time to time…..no matter what kind of reflection is in the mirror. As you go through the day, be very conscious of the people you are interacting with. Listen…..really listen…..to what they are saying. Don’t make judgments or give them pre-conceived labels. Who knows what THEY may have seen in the mirror this morning!! Instead, compliment them, encourage them, show them that you really care. Make them feel you are standing up and applauding what they are saying. You may be just be the inspiration they needed to change a bad path in their current direction of travels.
So, what did you see in the mirror today?
No matter the reflection, you can always change things to make a difference……in your life and in someone else’s life….if you want to, that is…It’s your choice!
What I wish for you is Monday becomes a reflection of Tuesday and Tuesday reflects Wednesday…..and so on and so on!!
By doing so, you have single-handedly changed the world. It just takes ONE individual to make a difference….will you be counted as one of them today?!! I’m counting on the answer from you to be “YES”
You Matter!….I’m applauding you LOUDLY today!