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Through The Looking Glass

I saw myself in the mirror the other day.

It wasn’t like I do each night before I go to bed when I wash my face and brush my teeth and go through the routine of doing what I do before I sleep. It wasn’t like each morning when I repeat the nightly routine, brush my hair and apply my makeup to ready myself for the day to come, as I stand in front of the mirror either. This moment was not like those at all. I hardly ever take the time, at those times, to really see myself.

This was unplanned. It was different.

Like a rabbit emerging from a dark hole, I was blinded by the light of my own reflection and found myself for first time in a long time, seeing myself, through this looking glass. It was an instant that gave me pause, compelling me to stop just long enough to really be present in the moment and look deep inside of who I am -today- after these last few tumultuous years of growth and change.

I didn’t look away. Instead, I contemplated the glimpse I caught and was content with what I saw. I could look myself in the eye and feel confident with the person I am and continue to strive to be; imperfect but honest, open-minded and willing to do whatever-it-takes to help myself and my kids continue to move in a forward direction.

In that moment also, stood the handsome young man who now has whiskers on his chin where sweet, velvet skin used to be when he was a boy. He doesn’t need me to tend to his bruise or tie his shoes anymore. He’s capable, focused and tenacious now and he makes me so proud I could burst. There too in my mind’s eye stood my beautiful little girl who has managed to outgrow me in shoe size, height and heart. Her endless compassion for others humbles me. Truly.

It gave me pause, this unexpected glimpse, that moment.

Time waits for no one. It has no patience, empathy or understanding. With great determination and complete indifference, it barrels its way through good days and bad, sorrows and laughter. It constantly transforms life as we know it, right before our very eyes; only we don’t always see it as it happens. We’re too busy and often blinded by the blur of our own living.

It’s important to climb out of our holes every once in a while, to take a step outside of ourselves, so we can see ourselves. It’s important to take a moment, pause and contemplate what we see.

What do you see when you stand before the looking glass?

Photo Credit #1 Through The Looking Glass ~ Google Images

Photo Credit #2 Emerging From The Rabbit Hole ~ Google Images

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  1. October 7, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Beautiful words. I often look at my seven-year-old son and see him older. My heart stops for just a second and then I smile and kiss his cheeks because I know I’ll never be right there again.

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  2. October 7, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    You got that right, Brave. Thank you. Your comments are very much appreciated.

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  3. October 7, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Definitely one of your best pieces Karen. Funny…,makes me want to listen to Rush’s “Time Stand Still.”

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  4. October 7, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Karl ~ thank you! I always appreciate your comments. Wish I could have made it up to Buffalo this weekend. Hope you guys had a great time.

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  5. October 9, 2012 at 9:11 am

    A wonderful and profound piece! And so true – we do get far too caught up in the blur of living.

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  6. October 9, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Thank you Lady. I welcome and appreciate your comments.

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  7. October 9, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    “Time waits for no one. It has no patience, empathy or understanding. With great determination and complete indifference, it barrels its way through good days and bad, sorrows and laughter.” Wow. I love this line, Karen. So true, so eloquently written and insightful. I’ve been feeling disjointed lately, and when I look in the mirror, I’m not quite sure how I feel about myself. It’s a phase…I’m not in the hallway, but I’m standing in the doorway instead this time, wanting to step out, but knowing I should stay. Sometimes I see myself in the mirror and say “yep, your good”, other times I pretend I like what I see when I don’t. Acting “as if”, knowing that my feelings permeate daily. What is more important to me right now, I guess, is that Maycee loves who SHE sees in the mirror, and despite what her momma may be going through inside, what she learns is that beauty comes truly from within, and that she is loved unconditionally, and this is what love should look like-always-as the hands of time unfold. Love ya, and great post! XOXO-SWM

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  8. October 9, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    SWM – I hear you. And I see what you see sometimes too, which is why when I see the me who is confident & continuing to strive to be honest, open-minded & willing it resonates & causes me to pause & acknowledge that. I hope you can also see how honest and eloquent you are Kasey. You are a beautiful writer, a beautiful mom and a beautiful person. Thanks for your amazing words. xoxox NY

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  9. October 10, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Not quite ready for the looking glass myself, right now. Working on it though. Time is truly moving at a terrifying pace these days –
    woooosh!
    breida

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    • October 10, 2012 at 3:44 pm

      You said it Breida! Thanks for reading & commenting! 🙂

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  10. Diane
    October 7, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    Through this looking glass,
    Takes courage to “Let go of who you think you’re suppose to be and embrace who you are, cultivate authenticity” (a bit of Brene Brown). Well, enough of Brene Brown–I got Karen!!!
    Thanks dear friend for your honesty and beauty-inside and out!

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