More recently I am seeing more clearly. And it isn’t because I have cleaned – although I really should! (And having said so “out loud” I probably will…) I am seeing more clearly lately because of the reflections others have offered about me. And I have heard them. I have taken what they have said to heart and I think what they have said is true. For a long time I have resisted affirming the good qualities that make me “me”, too distracted by the not-so-good-spirited-person that arises from time to time.
It strikes me that seeing more clearly – in spite of failing eyesight, the beginnings of cataracts or macular degeneration – comes with age. That clarity comes with getting to know ourselves better, to “seeing in a glass” no longer darkly or dimly. In my faith tradition in Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians he speaks of coming to know “even as I am known.” Wouldn’t that be a blessing - to truly know ourselves as others, and as God, knows us?
How is your mirror? In need of cleaning? Don’t worry about the mirror. Look into it with the eyes of others who have come to know and love you, who are able to articulate and appreciate the “you”YOU are! If you are not “of a certain age” then keep this in mind for when you are. It really is not a bad time.