Getting my answers through mirrors

“Life always answers our questions.  We just don’t always like the answers.”… Susanne

 In the 90’s I read a series of books by Shakti Gawain.  She introduced me to the concept of mirrors. Now I’m not talking about the ones that hang over the bathroom sink …or the tall ones that reflect how we look for the day … or even the floor-to-ceiling variety that grace the foyers of large office buildings.  Ms. Gawain introduced me to what I lovingly refer to as “People-Mirrors”.  It was an interesting concept … and one that I have since adopted.

Over the years I learned to watch the people around me with an eagle eye peeled for the things about myself that they would reflect back to me.  I didn’t always like what I saw.  Often I wished that I could deny that I ever behaved the way that they were … but when I stripped away their personality … and all I was left with was their behavior, attitude or actions … and further … when I turned around and looked inside of myself … more often than not a resounding: Damn I do, feel that way” would spring out of my lips. Life certainly had an interesting way of answering my question: “Why are they behaving that way??”

Capital “L” Life has been very patient with me.  It has sent an endless variety of People-Mirrors to help me to see … not only the less than desirable qualities that I wanted to change … but also the positive actions and attitudes that I adopted in their stead.  So … all-in-all I’d have to say that this People-Mirror thing is a really effective tool for learning … changing … and growing.  These days I see Miss Perky reflected in so many of the faces around me … and that makes all of us smile.  And of course … as with any mirror … the more Miss Perk and I smile … the more smiles we get back in return.

Godspeed and Joyful Journeying Everyone


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2 Responses to Getting my answers through mirrors

  1. ulawyss says:

    Yeah, that is so true. I have learnt this too, a couple of years ago, however, I still find it difficult believing that I ever behave that way. Life basically gives us all the tools to learn, yet we still have to uncover them and then be courages enough to accept them. Great post!

    • Thanks so much for your positive comment. Even though it often makes me shudder to think of how I used to respond to people one of the things that I love about today’s mirrors is that I can see how much I’ve changed … I like to think for the better … … although there are still those times when I am forced/encouraged to look inside to heal a leftover grumpy bit! … (⊙︿⊙) … It’s all good!!! Wishing you an excellent day! ♥

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