We often look in mirrors to catch a glimpse of ourselves. It is a daily habit so embedded in our routine that we only happen to notice the superficial perception of ourselves. We take a look at how we look and how we present ourselves to those around us, to the world, and to ourselves.
Hardly do we understand the image we see.
But, aside from those constructed mirrors, there is yet another way to catch our own reflection. And that is through the people we interact with.
How we respond to the people we meet and how we feel in our interactions are a mirror of our strengths and weaknesses. When someone makes us feel uncomfortable, there is often an underlying insecurity that they are unknowingly causing us to acknowledge. When we seem to repel away from an individual or become upset or angry, there is more than the objective conflict itself. There is a subjective collision of behavior or values that are being exposed.
Then we meet those that we feel drawn to. Individuals who embody a trait we admire and want to achieve for ourselves. Or those who share a mutual awareness of our strengths and make us feel understood. In those instances, what we feel and see is mirrored and a light is shed on who we are and what we believe in.
They say for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. And our reactions speak far more in volumes than any image we try to create for ourselves, because our true responses stem from our subconscious understanding of who we are.
When we begin to experience what this mirrored relationship is, we start to realize that we all have a lot to learn from each other. And those who complement us and those who challenge us are equally important in teaching us about our own habits.
The image may not always be clear and the understanding may be vague, but with time, it is as if a lens has become focused on our life. Slowly, as that lens begins to expand outward, the picture we have slowly been creating is revealed.
Even then, pictures only embody a moment and a memory. Eventually those images will fade.
But, there will always be human mirrors surrounding us that will continue to remind us of who we were and who we are as we define and redefine how we see ourselves and who we aspire to be.