“If you’re searching for that one person that will change your life, take a look in the mirror.”  Unknown

Every morning before work I have the same routine, I rise, head to the bathroom, shower,  get dressed, fix my hair and face.   I like the mirror in that bathroom, it’s big and it seems to me that the lighting gives my complexion a lift and I feel good about myself as I head downstairs to set the motion of getting the boys up, making breakfast, organizing the lunches and rushing out to work and school.

My boys have an annoying habit of leaving all the lights on in the rooms on our second floor and I usually dash room to room closing the lights before we leave.   I’ve given up the main bathroom to the boys and boys will be boys as the bathroom is usually in an undesirable state.  As I reach around the corner to turn off the light in the main bathroom,  I catch my reflection in the mirror and the sight makes me stop in my tracks demanding a closer look.  The reflection in the mirror in my bathroom is pleasing to the eye but the reflection in the boys bathroom clearly shows all my  flaws and faults making me realize that the other mirror is reflecting a false image.

The lighting in the boys’ bathroom is closer to the mirror and the angle of the lighting illuminates objects in the mirror in such a way that there is no room for the illusion of beauty like the mirror in the other bathroom.  There are days I prefer the illusion, but I choose to live in reality and accept my flaws and faults as part of my raw  and authentic beauty.

I’ve come to realize that we all have two mirrors, a mirror that reflects an illusion and a mirror that reflects truths.  Depending where we are in our lives, we  have times of comfort with the illusion mirror and times of reality with the truth mirror.  Human relationships can become twisted in the mirror and the chaos can crash and break the mirror into many pieces if it is not anchored in a secured and proper way.  When reality meets illusion, the reflection can be cloudy leaving one angry,fearful, frustrated and disillusioned.

Standing in front of the mirror, I see the refection of my naked self down to the depth of my soul and  it is there where I find the truth mirror leaving the illusion behind.  As I go about my day, I meet many different people and they are all holding different mirrors, some illusion and some truth.  Some disguise the illusion mirror as the truth mirror and somewhere in that disguise the truth mirror is hidden so deep giving strength to the illusion leaving one in a confusing and superficial state.

Life would be easier if we all held up the same mirror, but life is about complications and working your way through the illusions.  Energy reflected from the illusion mirror follows a sloping road leading to a life of frustration, fear, stagnation, adrift, despair and disconnection.  However, energy reflected from the truth mirror leads to a life of  happiness, courage, refreshment, purpose, hope and connection.  The truth mirror is your authentic self.  It is the place where you accept all flaws, faults and truths leaving fear and illusion behind, giving you the space to breath and accept your imperfections permitting a fulfilled and purposeful life.

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Just taking one step at a time and writing about the simple pleasures that make me smile.

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