Monday, December 14, 2009

Do you see what I see?

When you look in the mirror, what do you see?
Your imperfections? Your big this or small that? Do you see a reflection of criticism, thoughtless comments and judgments?

Is it easier to perceive your uniqueness as unbecoming than it is to own it as oh so right for you? Do you long for thicker hair? straighter hair? clearer skin? smaller waist? larger breasts?

Do you see all the things you can't afford, haven't accomplished and the vices you have yet to overcome?

Do you see all the people who have told you that you can't, you won't or you shouldn't? Do you see all the moving obstacles in your path? Are your eyes deep with the pain you have seen and felt?

Do you see a victim that has been lied to, betrayed, misunderstood and cast aside? Do you see someone who has fallen short? Do you see defeat?

...Or do you see what I see? Beauty is a state of mind, you know. So for beauty to spring forth from your mind, you must think it before you can see it.

When I look in the mirror, I see how far I have come. I see the little girl that I used to be and the grown woman that I have become. And I see beauty in the evolution that is me. I see an inner peace that makes my blemishes fade and my hair shine.

I see the loving hugs my long arms have given, and the smile that has brightened many spirits. In my eyes, I see the sparkling perserverance of a spirit that won't quit.

There are familiar roadmaps etched on my face, mama scars on my belly, and dancer's feet in my shoes. And I love the comfortable gangliness that signifies my walk and even manages to come through in my talk.

As the image in the mirror changes over the years, I vow to see what I believe - love, faith and peace - for there is nothing more beautiful than that.

If you don't see your own good, then who will see it?

Believe it. See it. Celebrate it. Share it. Love shines when all is dim.


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