… there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that
esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean.
— Romans 14:14
… the mirror of life cannot help reflecting back to us that which we really are.
— The Science of Mind, page 449
The Mirror of Life
Remember the poem by Edwin Markham depicting a weary wayfarer approaching a wise man and inquiring what kind of people dwelt in yonder town? “What kind whence you came?” queried the sage “Knaves and fools!” scowled the traveler. “You’ll find the people here the same,” the wise man said. Another stranger approached with the same question. “What kind whence you came?” he was asked. “Good, true, and wise,” was the reply. “You’ll find the people here the same,” the wise man said.
How many times have you heard mothers admonishing their children, “Don’t sit in that draft! You’ll catch a cold!” One day, someone who didn’t know about colds and drafts exclaimed, “Ah! Fresh air!” and proceeded to enjoy every waft.
Many years ago, my mother was hospitalized and had a most unusual experience. Her roommate was unhappy with everyone and every thing in the hospital and as a result, got terrible treatment. The staff lived up to her expectations. Whereas my mother felt her stay in the hospital was a lovely vacation and enjoyed every minute of it. As a result, she received beautiful treatment. The staff lived up to her expectations.
Remember: You will find reflected back to you that which you project!
The world is a mirror!
As I look at it, it looks back at me!
My smile draws smiles.
My understanding attracts understanding from others.
And my love nurtures love.
I say not a word.
My inner knowing spreads sunlight to all corners of darkness.
I am a mirror. I reflect all that is true and beautiful.
Do you want to know how beautiful you are?
Just look into my eyes and see yourself reflected there.