Friday, June 27, 2014
A Look In The Mirror
Do you ever REALLY look into your mirror? Sure, we sort of see what we are doing... smearing on makeup, plucking our eyebrows, applying lipstick.
Okay.... wait a minute.... right now, this very second, just walk away from the computer and go look in the mirror. REALLY look! I will wait until you come back.
Now... tell me. What did you see? An older face? One more lined than last year? Were the lines worry lines, frowning lines or lines caused by smiles and laughter? Okay... maybe a little of both.
A few gray hairs curling about your face? Oh geez. How did that happen?
You'd forgotten that tiny scar where the baby threw it's bottle and cut you above your eye. How long has it been since you even thought about how, when that happened, you cuddled your child, even though your eye was bleeding?
Mouth drooping a bit? Eye lids doing the same? Sorry, not a thing you can do about gravity. But, if you stretch your lips into a smile it doesn't droop nearly as badly. And, the eyes light up and look wide and excited.
Our face tells the story of our life's journey. Each little line, each forehead crease, every gray hair. It marks an event, sad or happy. We so often take ourselves for granted. Remember how, when we are cleaning up after supper, we wipe the table clean and most times don't even realize we have done it. That's how we look into the mirror. We don't see those stories etched into our faces. And, so, we don't see our character, our soul, ourselves.