Ever had someone upset you, and upon deeper reflection (pardon the pun here), you discovered that what bothered you most about the other person was something inside yourself that you wish you could change? It’s as if what you didn’t like in yourself was being reflected back to you, like a mirror, so you can see it?
That happened to me recently, and maybe it’s happened to you. The reflection can be ugly, and what makes it that way is that you never wanted to be that person, or thought you could never be that way to others. I like to believe I am a self-aware person who has done a lot of “inner work,” and I know that the work is a continual process; however, I have discovered that I have a LOT more work to do.
I learned that I need to be more kind and compassionate, and have more patience with others, particularly with those closest to me. It’s the mirror that told me; those close to me are too kind to bring it to my attention. And it isn’t that the way it goes? Those who love us are willing to overlook our shortfalls, but the mirror is impartial.
I silently bless the person who has shown me my own weaknesses. I vow today to be better, and may I not see this reflection in the mirror any more. With a little grace, my new ways will also shine the light for the person on the other side of the mirror. 😉