TEDx Talks have become one of my favorite internet tools for inspiration, motivation, and learning. I encourage you to find one that speaks to you. Caroline McHugh did a talk about the art of finding yourself. The statement below stuck with me.
When you look in a real mirror, you look for reassurance that you are beautiful… But when you look at a true mirror, you don’t look at yourself. You look for yourself. You look for revelation, not reassurance. TEDx by Caroline McHugh
I believe these words stuck with me because I am that person that is always thinking about whether I truly know who I am. Do I know and use all my potential? What am I missing that God wants me to know?
So what would you do after reading this statement? I got a mirror and looked at my reflection. And of course, this is a “real” mirror, so the first thing I look for is how does my make-up look. But then I thought…stop, look deeper. What do you see?
It was hard for me not to look on the surface. It was difficult for me to look for myself while looking at myself.
I started to think about this. Have I ever looked at myself? Looked at myself in a mirror for revelation, not reassurance that I looked beautiful or attractive in some way. I could not remember one time in all my years that I looked at my reflection for a better understanding of the person that I had become or wanted to be. I would think about these things emotionally. But I did not look myself in the eyes. So I knew I had to start looking in a “true” mirror and know the person looking back better than I had ever known her before.
Who is this person that stares back at me each day?
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