What do you see when you look in the mirror? Are you complimentary or critical? Do you like or dislike the image? Do you decide that you are too old, too thin, too fat, too wrinkled, too plain, or too something else? Having conducted similar analyses, I’ve reached an entirely new conclusion.
Ultimately, what you appear to be in your mirror is simply a fragment of who you are and what you mean to others. In the past few days and weeks, I have come to realize that there are quite a few people whom I know or have known who have definitive opinions about me or what I have represented to them. The chances are that I will never know exactly whom I have touched, in the workplace or in the classroom.
That is why I challenge you to improve your conclusions about who you are, what you have achieved, and what you can still accomplish. It’s always a joy to report that data to my students. It doesn’t matter what your mama and papa do or have done. That doesn’t define you. You are the only one who can do that and the only ceiling on your head is the one that you place there.
My guess is that those who have been responsible for the greatest of this planet’s accomplishments never looked in the mirror and decided that they were too much or too little of anything. It’s also likely that they never began to count how many people they knew or on whom they were able to have an influence.
It makes me happy to believe that I have contributed something positive to this world, regardless of the fact that I will never know exactly what the impact has been and on how many people. For as long as I am fortunate enough to remain on this planet, I will continue to make as many contributions as I can to it. And I suggest that we never limit ourselves to our physical images because what’s inside of our spirits is what truly matters. Shalom.