We are all mirrors of each other, we all have more in common than we think, and if we allow ourselves to see the similarities, we may just see ourselves in the people around us.
Before stepping on this path I wasn’t open to seeing myself in others. I used to judge others to make myself feel better, superior, and I would pick out the differences between myself and those around me. That outlook kept me sick, and, kept me isolated. I truly believed I was different from all of you. I felt like I was a piece of crap, but I still had a better solution than you did, which was a total joke. It was someone sharing their story with me that finally allowed me to see, and recognize, myself in someone else. For the first time, I acknowledged that I too was just like this other person, someone who had the same mental illness I did, and was able to get help.
When I set out on the journey of recovery I was encouraged to always look for the similarities in myself and those I spoke to, and I did just that. I really listened to what people were saying and sharing, what they were doing and how they were doing it, and I found many people who were like me. But I had to be willing to see myself in those people and willing to make the changes I needed to if I wanted to get better. Those mirrors we all hold up, are a reflection of who we really are, and sometimes it can be tough to admit who we may be in that reflection. I know, for myself, it wasn’t always easy to look into that mirror, but I knew that I needed to in order to get better. And to get better I had to live rigorously honest, and if I saw something I didn’t like, I needed to address it, change it, or find acceptance around it if I couldn’t change the way it was. We all walk around with mirrors and, if we’re looking, our reflections also help others as they pass through their days. Nothing happens by accident. We cross paths those individuals who are meant to help us, or inspire us, or maybe even take a long hard look into those mirrors around us. They are there for a reason, and if we’re paying attention they can allow us to see who we truly are and we also know that our mirror reflects who we are out in the world, and our reflection just may help someone else.
I no longer worry about the reflection in my mirror because I know that there is a plan, whether I ever know it or not, my reflection is what connects me to others just like me, so instead of hiding it, I wear it proudly knowing it may be helping someone else see themselves in me. I also pay attention to the reflections I see from other people, taking notice if I’m seeing something I don’t like, or perhaps see something that can help me grow. Recognizing myself in someone else’s reflection saved my life, and it may just save yours, if you take a look. SLAY on!
SLAY OF THE DAY: Are you open to looking for the commonality in those around you? If not, why not? Do you think you are better than those around you? If you do, why? Do you think your superiority with others is possibly keeping you sick? If yes, how so? What do you recognize in yourself that you also see in others? What would you like to change? How can you change it? How has shining your mirror towards others also helped you? SLAYER, each of us is a mirror for each other, we can either use it to connect with one another, possibly help, or we can refuse to see just how much we all have in common and stay sick under a cloud of superiority. Don’t be afraid of your own reflection, identifying yourself may just save your life, it did mine.
S – self L – love A – appreciate Y – you