This is one of my favorite pictures from my wedding day. I have several but for some reason I love this one. Never mind the soap dispenser and the feminine hygiene product dispenser next to the paper towels. This was taken long before Photoshop and I could have edited it a bit before I posted it but I decided to just leave it alone.
I was thinking about reflections the other day and this photo came to mind. I know I post a lot of selfies online and pose for a lot of silly pictures. It is kind of what I have done as a blogger. But when it actually comes down to looking at myself in the mirror many times a day –it just doesn’t happen.
I never have perfect hair. I never seem to be able to achieve that flawless makeup look and when I was younger, as my mother can attest to, I wore way too much in an effort to make myself look prettier.
But when I think about how often I actually look at myself and study my reflection each day it might surprise you. Oh I do the “check the hair and makeup” sweep by the mirror if I leave the house usually but I don’t even look in the mirror after I get ready for the day.
But don’t we all wonder about our reflections at times? We go out into the world and live our lives and people see us and our reflections but do reflections really tell the whole story?
The best coiffed woman who appears to have it all together is struggling with depression that comes in unimaginable bouts,
The young mother who totes her kids from activity to activity buzzes like a social butterfly and yet has no one she can call when she just needs to talk to a friend.
The well dressed business man who works insane hours and manages other peoples’ finances is living paycheck to paycheck fearing that bankruptcy is just around the corner.
Reflections are all we see on the surface whether it is a mirror reflection or a face to face encounter but often it is not a true reflection of that person. That is perhaps why that old adage “don’t judge a book by its cover” is so appropriate.
Today I am going to take a risk. I am going to step out of the reflection and try to see beyond. I choose to look deeper. To engage. To be responsive. What about you?