Past the Looking Glass

Checking out by Alex Dram (CC BY-NC-ND)

Checking out by Alex Dram (CC BY-NC-ND)

There are mirrors for the face but none for the mind. Let careful thought about yourself serve as a substitute. —Balthasar Gracián
Come on now, we’re going to go build a mirror-factory . . . and put out nothing but mirrors for the next year and take a long look in them. —Ray Bradbury


Mirrors are everywhere. We scan our reflections compulsively, looking for flaws we might improve. In the mirror, faint scars and fresh spots demand more attention than anything going on behind them.

Don’t your habits, thoughts, and feelings deserve as much consideration as your pores?

Of course navel-gazing is harder than mirror-gazing. You have to make an effort to inspect all that submerged action. It takes time to discover your inner zits and freckles. And once you do, you can make improvements forever.

But imagine how your life would change if you scrutinized and fussed over your insides just half as much as your outsides. Who would you see in the mirror then?




What do you think?