You see that person looking back at you in the mirror? That person knows your strengths, weaknesses, and fears. He sees everything you do or don’t do. He knows exactly what you ate. He knows exactly how hard you worked out. He knows EVERYTHING about you!
That’s something that hits me every once in a while at the end of the day. I’m at home, getting comfortable, and I see that face in the mirror. Sometimes those eyes are so judging. Sometimes they are supportive and encouraging. Either way, they are the eyes of the one person that knows me best.
Now, I don’t know about you, but I want to look in the mirror and be proud of the person I was throughout the day. I want to feel that I did my best in choosing the right foods to eat. I want to know that I treated everyone I interacted with kindly and maybe even put a smile on someone’s face. I want to believe that I taught the best classes I was capable of teaching. I want to feel good about myself.
Does this always happen? No, it doesn’t. I am not always patient. I am not always positive. I make mistakes and, at times, react without thinking. Believe me when I say, that person in the mirror knows.
Age has taught me that In those moments where I am not happy with or proud of the person looking back at me, I have to forgive. I have to remember that I am not perfect. I remind myself that there is a lesson in every moment, and that I have the power to correct mistakes, to apologize, and to CHOOSE tomorrow’s actions.
I love and respect the person who looks back at me