Saturday, April 14, 2012

"M" is for Mirror....

perceptions + quotes + reality =
A to Z Challenge

Image taken from internet...

“Mirror, Mirror, on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?”  


Mirrors are decorative, often used wall hangings that Webster describes as a looking glass that gives a true description of life, a true representation.

Self-reflection is a progression as well as an essential skill to enhance and transform our person. This course of action is tough, although the received tips are relevant toward the betterment of the individual we desire to be. Ego analysis is also vital in advancing toward and mapping our life’s dreams, goals and desires.


However, I must confess it IS demanding to evaluate our thoughts, feelings and actions especially on the occasion when we’ve mistreated another. Yet, that appears to be the precise time when it is required most- to honorably gaze at the mirror’s reflection and candidly question our own distinct faults and shortcomings.

Undoubtedly, as we all know, the mirror’s response was Snow White- much to the chagrin of the Queen. At times, the answers reflected back tend to mirror the response of the Queen-that which we don’t care to hear; much to our own embarrassment since some introspection is tricky to swallow.


“It is not by muscle, speed, or physical dexterity that great things are achieved, but by reflection; force of character and judgment.”
By Marcus Tullius Cicero

“Learning without reflection is a waste, reflection without learning is dangerous.”
 – Confucius

35 comments:

The Golden Eagle said...

Interesting post. You make a good point--reflection on ourselves is necessary.


The Golden Eagle
The Eagle's Aerial Perspective

TexWisGirl said...

yikes! sometimes a very hard thing to do... :)

Ginny said...

The mirror doesn't reflect how we really look.

Catherine said...

Awww yes...mirrors. How about those dressing room mirrors at stores? I don't like them.... LOL!

Good post - it make me think.

xo Catherine

Beth Zimmerman said...

Cicero and Confucius were pretty smart! :)

Wanda said...

Very insightful.

I must admit I'm a lipstick freak...so looking in the mirror is usually with a tube in my hand...HaHa

I guess I better do a little more reflecting...

Great thoughts, I will ponder them.

Susan Oloier said...

Reflection has been a very hard thing for me to master. But I think I've become a better person as a result of it.
Insightful post.
((Thanks for your kind thoughts on Zane's blog))

Journaling Woman said...

I doubt if many of us truly reflect. It would be too distasteful and perhaps painful.

Every morning I say to my mirror: Mirror Mirror on the wall, please lie and tell me I'm a doll.

BTW I went to see Mirror Mirror last weekend. It was good.

T

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Loved your "L" post --about your sweetheart....

When I look in the mirror now, I see a very happy OLD woman... ha ha.... But--even as I get old, I certainly am happy.

Have a good weekend.
Hugs,
Betsy

M said...

Reflection is most important...in everything.
TGIF!

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

Honest self-reflection is hard. You make good points about it being necessary, especially when we may have hurt someone else. I guess the mirror gives a true representation that we distort to our own choosing sometimes.

I love those quotes!

Jaime said...

I agree with others, reflection is difficult at times but it is the only way we grow and become better people. Sometimes, learning the truth about ourselves can be rattling but, if we truly reflect & learn, we can come out more developed. Great post.

Arkansas Patti said...

Since I no longer recognize that old bag in my mirror, self reflection is all I have left:))
Love Confucius.

Bish Denham said...

I am the only person I can really know, and even that is difficult.

Sarah (Nikki) said...

good points.....I used to be so impulsive never thinking just jumping into things. Now I think through most things....including my own motivations.

Jaye Robin Brown said...

That's why I love working with horses, they are total mirrors.

Out on the prairie said...

very nice thoughts to share

Madi and Mom said...

What a thoughtful 'reflection' today!!
Well done and howdy to Hurricane and Angel Kitty
Hugs Madi and Mom

Madi and Mom said...

PS WE LOVE YOUR LIMERICK TO SCOTT!!
Hugs Madi and Mom

Tracy Jo said...

Awesome quotes! So true...it is hard but sometimes we do need to take a good look. :-)

Robyn Campbell said...

I'm hard to figure. Ha!
Ever hear this before, Tracy?:
The Man in the Glass:
You may fool the whole world down the pathway of years,
And get pats on the back as you pass.
But your final reward will be heartache and tears,
If you've cheated the man in the glass.
So true, isn't it?

Inger said...

Important thoughts here and great quotes to reflect on as well.

Daisy said...

Well said. You're right. Self-reflection is tough to do sometimes but necessary.

Damyanti said...

Look forward to the rest of your challenge run…can’t believe we’ve had 14 days already!
--Damyanti, Co-host A to Z Challenge April 2012

Twitter: @AprilA2Z
#atozchallenge

Julie said...

Reflection is not an easy thing to do sometimes, no doubt. Sometimes I want to run away from all mirrors!
Interesting post. I hope you're having a great weekend, Tracy!

Lynn said...

Reflection - I like how you tied that in with mirrors.

Judy Harper said...

You're so right, self reflection can be hard at times! Those mirrors, I try not to have any that would show me below the waist! lol I guess that means there's a limit of how much self reflection I'll do. lol Hmm maybe I'll go back and reread what you wrote.

Kittie Howard said...

Great post! Self-reflection is critical for growth, for writers and characters.

Donna K. Weaver said...

One of my favorite quotes deals with teens. An adolescent's window to the world is a mirror. It's not until they become adults that it becomes a window.

Susan Kane said...

Good play on multiple meanings! Love the quotes as well.

Lynda R Young said...

Great post. Love that Confucius quote.

Botanist said...

Self-reflection is so hard that I reckon most people go through their lives without it.

And even a mirror can only show you what you are ready to see.

Rebecca Bradley said...

It is definitely most difficult to self reflect when you are in the wrong, but yes, absolutely necessary I think. Great post.

Feather Stone said...

Great post. I'll follow.
Feather

Just Be Real said...

Hmmmm..... food for thought Tracy. Blessings.