Tuesday, March 27, 2012

True Reflections


   
     According to The American Heritage Dictionary, a mirror is defined as:  1. A surface capable of reflecting sufficient undiffused light to form a virtual image of an object placed in front of it.    2. Something that faithfully reflects or gives a true picture of something else.  3. Something worthy of imitation.

     Most of us probably have some type of mirror in our homes and I'm no exception.  If I weren't afraid of embarrassing myself in public, or scaring some little child by going out looking like the wicked witch of the west, I wouldn't own one.  I've never considered the mirror my friend.  It's like looking at a picture of myself and I hate pictures of myself.  I think it has something to do with self-denial, or some other psycho babble.  But my insecurities aside, have you ever thought about what you are really looking at when you look in the mirror?   

     Take a     good     long      look...past the lines and the wrinkles.  That reflection you see is more than a pretty face.    It's a true picture of your life story;  a road map of sorts, of all the events in your life that have led up to this point.  That scar on your forehead from when you were 7 and scratched your chicken pox, or maybe one on your chin where you fell and had to have stitches learning to ride your bike.  See the worry lines that appeared after spending weeks sitting by your sick aunt's bedside.  Look deep into the eyes that used to be much bluer; see into the heart and soul of the person you've become.  

     The person you see looking back at you is a culmination of every moment of your life.  Every joy and happiness gave you that beautiful smile and those deep laugh lines.    The pain and sorrow you've suffered left its tracks in the form of crows feet and frown lines.  All together they give your face the character and look that makes you uniquely you.  Think of each as a well earned battle scar and wear them proudly.    This is your virtual image that reflects the total you, present and past, the beautiful person you are, not just outside, but inside;  an image worthy of imitation.

Until next time...that's my view.

Kat

Written for GBE2 Week #45 prompt - mirror


21 comments:

  1. So you need to run to your mirror and smile really big! You have so much character and so much beauty that mirror will most assuredly show you what I say is true.
    I love this thinking. And I share it.

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    1. Thank you Jo, you are too sweet. I do believe our reflection is a work in progress, but I'm not sure I'll ever enjoy looking at myself. I do always enjoy your beautiful face stopping by though!

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    2. *blushing and throwing kisses and hugs your way*

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  2. Amazing how much a person can really see in your reflection.

    Kathy
    http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com

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    1. Yes, Kathy, I believe your reflection tells a lot about a person.

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    1. Thank you so much Shelly. I really appreciate that.

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  4. I love this post! And I think Jo left an amazing comment that I wholeheartedly agree with!

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    1. Thank you so much Maren. You are so kind. You and Jo are both beautiful ladies and I love you both.

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  5. Kat, I always enjoy your thoughtful posts. Your writing has an alluring honesty about it - thank you!

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    1. No, Laurie, thank you. Your kind words just made my day. It is always nice to know people appreciate your effort.

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    1. Thank you Marianne. Everyone has a story and a lot of it shows in their face if you look closely.

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  7. This was wonderful, Kat, and so very true. It's all there--the good stuff and the hard times, too.

    There was a poem that I saw in a magazine years and years ago (before I had a single wrinkle). It had been sent in by a reader (Good Housekeeping, I think--or maybe it was Redbook) and it was about how much the poet loved the faces of old people, all of their laughter and tears there in their faces. I LOVED that poem, cut it out, and kept it. Somehow it got misplaced over the years and I really, really wish I could find it.

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    1. Thank you Beth. I do believe you can tell a lot by studying a person's face. I bet that was a good poem. Shame you lost it.

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    1. Thank you so much Corinne. I'm glad you agree. Thanks for stopping by.

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  9. Love it! I have a scar on my forehead where I scratched a chicken pox off! How funny! Awesome post!

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  10. Very nice, Kat! You're right, we need to embrace ourselves! ;o)

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    1. We may try but we can't really change who we are. Thanks Linda.

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