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What Your Mirror Can’t Show You

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“The mirror is the worst judge

of true beauty.” ~Sophia Nam

Have you looked in a mirror lately?

You were probably looking for something:

spinach stuck in your teeth from lunch,

a stain on your shirt, another laugh line.

Mirrors and the Fun House

You might be able to see those things.

Mirrors do a fair job of reflecting back

those physical things.

Although your mood and mental health

can cause distortions in what you perceive,

turning your mirror into a fun house carnival

experience where you don’t even recognize

yourself anymore.

Mirrors Can’t Do It All

Mirrors might be able to show you

(sometimes) what you look like.

I thought it would be fun to remind

you of what your mirror can never

show you:

Mirrors can’t show you how adaptable,

adventurous, affable, affectionate,

agreeable, ambitious, amiable, amicable,

amusing, brave, bright, broad-minded,

calm, careful, charming, communicative,

compassionate, conscientious, considerate,

convivial, courageous, courteous, creative,

decisive, determined, diligent, diplomatic,

discreet, dynamic, easygoing, emotional,

energetic, enthusiastic, exuberant, fair-

minded, faithful, forceful, frank, friendly,

funny, generous, gentle, good, gregarious,

hard-working, helpful, honest, humorous,

imaginative, impartial, independent, 

intelligent, intuitive, inventive, kind,

loving, loyal, modest, neat, nice, optimistic,

passionate, patient, persistent, pioneering,

philosophical, polite, powerful, practical,

pro-active, quick-witted, rational, reliable,

resourceful, romantic, self-confident, self-

disciplined, sensible, sensitive, sincere,

sociable, straightforward, sympathetic,

thoughtful, tough, understanding, versatile,

warmhearted, and witty you are.

(Thanks to The English Club for this amazing

list of adjectives to choose from!)

Look Harder

Remember this the next time you look in

the mirror.

What it can’t show you is more

important than what it can.

Unless, of course, you  have a piece of

spinach stuck in your teeth!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

This week in A Year to Change, we are

tackling how to talk to yourself when you

are in front of your mirror in the chapter

called Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall.

If you diss yourself in the mirror, you’re

doing way more harm than good.  Come

join me in learning how to stop this form

of self-abuse!

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