The Mirror

What do you see when you look in the mirror? Do you see hands that delicately held a child or a puppy or a kitten? Do you see arms that hugged someone and didn’t want to let go? Do you see scars that have a story of battles won and lost, accidents and misjudgments healed? Do you see eyes looking back at you wondering where the years have gone? Do you see lips that are smiling back at you? Do you see promise and possibilities?

When we look at ourselves in the mirror we don’t see ourselves objectively we see ourselves as we have been thinking. If we have been thinking that we look pretty good, the mirror will confirm that. If we think we could lose a few pounds or need some more muscle, the mirror will agree. If we have been thinking that we are too anything , too short, too tall, too pale, too fat, too skinny, etc., the mirror will not disagree.

We look in the mirror to confirm what we have been thinking and we are seldom surprised by what we see. There is no ideal reflection. There is just a confirmation of our thoughts. Two people, each weighing four hundred pounds, look in the mirror. One gets completely depressed because he’s four hundred pounds and one gets blissfully overjoyed because she used to weigh six hundred pounds. The mirror showed four hundred pounds to each of them.

The mirror and your world will always be a reflection of what you are thinking. Next time you look in the mirror, desire to see someone wonderful, someone who cares and loves. Try to see someone that knows pain and hurt but doesn’t live there. If you look closely, you’ll see a person looking back at you who wants nothing more than for you to love them and to believe in them. Start thinking more positively about yourself. Start doing the right thing. Start seeing the good in your life. Start focusing on your strengths and kindnesses. Start thinking about all of the things you have done right. Start being a little kinder with your thoughts of you. The mirror will love you for it.

(c)2013 All Rights Reserved, Patrick McBride


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