Personal Reflection: The Way It Used to Be.

Self Reflection: Feel the Difference!
Self Reflection: Feel the Difference!

Reflection and introspection. There is the way it was and the way it ought to be. Check yourself in the mirror... are you honest enough to do a personal inventory?Have you ever judged yourself by that standard? Have you really taken a good look at your “man in the glass”? What does the reflection show you? Remember, reflection is the way it used to be. Reflection leads to the way it can be.

When I look in a mirror today, I see a totally different person than I did two years ago. Today, I see more than a reproduction of my appearance. Today, the man in the glass looks back out at me and asks me to contemplate, imagine, meditate, reflect and consider.

The world is a big place. There are more than 6.8 billion people in the world today. How significant am I? The answer is very significant. The reason is that the world I live in does not contain anywhere near 6 billion people. My world has my wife, three children, a son-in-law, daughter-in-law, two grand-children, my Mom, two brothers, four brother-in-laws, four sister-in-laws, five nephews, five nieces, an Aunt and Uncle, some cousins and some friends. They probably all don’t think about me every day, but they know I’m alive. These are the people that make up my world, so under those conditions, my existence does take on more significance. And the people that really care about me the most are within that small group, so the significance of me as a person becomes even greater.

The reason I even write this tonight, is that how I see myself is going to become my basis for my thoughts, which leads to my actions, which leads to how I behave, which impacts the people that are in my world. Yet the former me did not take any of this into account.

I was too selfish and self absorbed. I meant well, but was blind to my faults and how my actions caused pain to those closest to me. Thank God I am different today.

The reflection I see in the glass today is self reflection. I realize that on my own, I am less than I need to be. I do not mean this in a self–defeating manner. I realized I needed direction and found the answer in my heart. I discovered that having faith in God was the way for me to become the person I wanted to be. I believe that faith in Him was the basis for believing in myself. I found that by becoming ever so dependent on Him, that I had more independence and freedom from worry. I found by weakening my ability to tackle life’s trouble on my own, actually gave me a strength I never knew was possible. Today, I know I am not alone. He is there for me every day. All I have to do is accept Him and try to do what He would want me to do.

Today, I am humble. I try and base all of my actions from honesty, unselfishness, love and pure thoughts. I try and be kind to everyone I know. I try to help others around me. I pray every morning and night and the God in my life today is a forgiving and loving God. He wants me to be a forgiving and loving man. So, today, the man in the glass is a better person, husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle and friend. Like the picture above says, what matters most is how you see yourself, because that is how others will see you too. Imagine that.

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