When we look in the mirror

When we look in the mirror, who do we see?

[A note I sent to a young friend.]

We become the person we see when we look in the mirror, the person we fight to protect and stick with.

If you see someone who doesn’t have many friends, every time a potential friend comes along, you’ll find a way to distance yourself from the emotional pain of being rejected, and you won’t have many friends. .

If you see someone who isn’t happy with input you can’t control, then when new input comes in, you’ll find something wrong with them and want more control, not less.

If you see someone who thrives in challenges, challenges will become opportunities for growth.

Each day gives us the best chance in the world to see a different person in the mirror.

An opportunity to change the story we tell ourselves.

Airplanes rarely crash. It doesn’t matter. Turbulence is not fatal. It doesn’t matter. If you want to tell yourself a story about air travel, that’s your story and as far as you can take it, it’s true. This is your story and no one can take it away from you.

Perhaps you are homesick. The house is great. The house is nice. Missing a home is a sign that you have a home worth losing. Homesick is a story we tell ourselves about who we are.

But who will you? become? Who could you be?

It turns out that when you’re surrounded by people who care about you, when you have freedom and opportunities to lead, you can become a different, kinder, happier, stronger, friendlier version of yourself.

If you want to be the person who can teach an 8-year-old to play basketball, you can start doing it now.

If you want to be a person who leads, you can start leading.

If you want.

Because you’re smart, you care, you have something to say. Because there are people who love you and care about you.

And the best way to respect those people and respect yourself is to become the person you were born to be.

If you want.

Today is the best day to start that journey. It gets harder if you wait.

Who do you want to be when you look in the mirror?

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