Sunday, February 17, 2013

What is the MIRROR telling you?

English: Woman at mirror, circa 1930s Item 780...
English: Woman at mirror, circa 1930s Item 78068, City Light Glass Lantern Slides (Record Series 1204-03), Seattle Municipal Archives. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I am not going to talk about wrinkles or face cream or even exercise here. But I am going to talk about the mirror and what we can learn from a good facing down with the person you see reflected there.

I am a fairly positive person usually. I have to admit that occasionally I feel the urge to pick life up by the scruff of the neck and give it a talking to. But that doesn't happen very often. I am grateful for that.

We are doing some construction around the park model and I have a lot of opinions that drive everyone else nuts. It is hard for me...poor me. I was stewing over things that were out of my control. I didn't realize how much I was fretting about it until I walked by the mirror.

See, when I am unsettled, worried or unhappy, the corners of my mouth turn down and I cannot get them to come up no matter how hard I try. My mirror does not lie and what I saw was a very unhappy woman.

There are other kinds of mirrors that are not made of glass yet reveal a lot about how I am feeling. My grandchildren can work mirror magic on me occasionally. If I frown, they frown. If I am content, they are quiet. If I am bunchy (need to go outside), they will ask for a walk. My little talking mirrors are wonderful creatures to have around.

Life may be a reflection of how I feel or at least that is always what I have thought. Because I believe that I have great power to make my life what I want, when things start to go wonky, I usually take a good hard look at myself. The question I ask is could I have brought this on myself? In many cases the answer is yes! 

So, as I age, I wonder if the negative people around me are that way because that is the way they are or because they are mirroring the way I am thinking. As a result, I am being careful these day to be mindful of my thoughts and how they are spilling out onto the lives of others.

What is your mirror telling you? Take a hard look and think about it.

As for me, I am fine attitude toward life has improved and my mirror is happier too. Life is good...again!

It is just a thought!

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  1. Oh yes, you absolutely on track with this. :-)

    I've been working diligently to focus on only the present moment, stay positive, and let the past remain in the past, and negative thoughts remain unthought and unuttered. It's made a hugh difference, and the feedback I'm getting is that people are noticing.

    I've always been perceived as being an upbeat person, but now I'm perceived doubly so. It's nice for others and it sure is nice for me!

  2. Yeah staying positive about life is very important but that does not mean that we should just ignore the elephant in the room. Sometimes in order to remind people their contributions are needed in order to make the world around them a better place we need to give some unhappy words.

    Thanks for the thought barb....

  3. Early Retirement Journey,

    I am doing a study and meditation this year with Galen Pearl of 10 Steps to Finding Your Happy Place and Staying There. An early lesson stated simple "The past does not exist." Because I am a literal thinker I could relate to that meditation. I can worry abou the past but it cannot be changed. It helped a lot.

    Thank you for your comment. I like it when you stop by.


  4. RJ,

    You are so wise. I agree totally. A book I read this summer called Monkey Mind talked about that very thing. Why do we agonize over but ignore what is wrong? Facing and changing what needs to be changed or even facing what we cannot change are very important. In fact, I have found doing those things can be freeing in a very unusual way.


  5. I don't look. :) I tried to read your Twitter message, but I couldn't find it.


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