“Truth is beautiful, without doubt; but so are lies.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Mirror, mirror on the wall… find the nearest mirror. Look. Keep looking for 3 minutes. Write about what you see.
(Author: Esther Poyer)
I look in the mirror and I see a person who was previously consumed by fear. That fear remains but in a more healthy fashion. The fear which remains is a fear which allows me to think things through instead of simply reacting. Now I see someone who feels more at ease with many of the decisions he makes. Maybe it is age. I have heard “with age comes maturity.” Is it simply being frustrated with making reactive decisions which cause me not to experience disappointment for the sake of avoiding disappointment?
I also see someone who doesn’t care…or at least that is what some in my life would tell me. “You don’t care about anything.” I struggle with these gross generalizations and find them frustrating. It’s not that I don’t care about anything; it’s that I don’t care as much about some things, those things which had previously consumed so much of my precious time and effort and almost always things over which I had no control. Those are the things which I have spent many hours if not days focusing energy on an issue so I don’t get emotionally hurt. If I don’t experience disappointment and push myself into that realm of uncomfortable emotions…how do I grow? How do I learn to deal with disappointment?
I like what I see in the mirror today. I’m not always happy with what I see and that is a clue for me to reassess what I am doing at the present moment. It’s an opportunity to reassess what is happening in my life today. If I begin to feel too comfortable perhaps I am not taking enough chances and risking failure.
I like the person who takes healthy risks. I like the person who challenges the status quo.
I like the person who is not OK with mediocrity.