Mirror Mirror


Hi all:

Anna here, looking into my mirror.  What would I like to see in the mirror?

Of course, I can’t help it. When I imagine looking in a big fancy mirror on a wall, I want to make a wish for the woman I see there. What do I wish for her? What wishes could the mirror actually grant?

Let’s be honest: the mirrors in my home are not magical in the strictest sense of the term. So if there are going to be any wishes granted by my mirror, they’ll have to be wishes that I myself can confer. My wishes will be reflections of what I can accomplish on my own, albeit with a little help from some glass and silver paint.

For what do I wish? I’d like to be wiser. I’d like to be able to view the world with more perspective and sagacity. I’ve done, and seem to keep doing, so many foolish things. I admit that I’m learning from my mistakes, but I wish I didn’t have to make so many of them to learn anything. Being wiser is definitely on the list.

I’d like to be more patient. More patient with my family, friends and the people in my life. Those little voices in my head tell me that I’ve so much to do, and not enough time in which to do it, which makes me snappish and short with too many of those around me. When I’m not careful I can really hurt those who are most precious to me, and not even realize what’s happening. If I can be just a little bit more patient, more forgiving, perhaps my world will become calmer and more pleasant despite my overflowing “to do” lists.

Finally, I’d like to become more serene. I think a lot about serenity. Some of my friends just seem to float above it all. I look at them and see how they never seem to lose their way through all the craziness. Why can’t I be more like that? Able to accept what comes, and what doesn’t come, for what it’s worth? Able to see this life as precious, no matter what, and to revel in it?   So, yes, I’m wishing for some serenity over here.

At the same time, while I’m making wishes, I understand that real change only comes through hard work. I work as hard as I can in support of causes that are important to me, like improved child health and creating better health habits. I blog as often as I can about better health habits for those with PKU (phenylketonuria), and try to engage with the communities of these interwebs.

So I’ll need to work hard as well on wisdom, patience, and serenity, along with my causes.

Wish me luck!

So what do YOU wish for when you look in the mirrow? Are you interested in wisdom, patience, and serenity? Or maybe something more concrete? Please let me know what you’re thinking in the comments below!

This has been a Finish the Sentence Friday post. Today’s prompt was “When I look in the mirror, I see…”

Today’s Host:

Kristi Campbell: Finding Ninee


April Noelle

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21 comments on “Mirror Mirror
  1. It is easy to realize that it’s not happening. I used to work in customer service and we had mirrors at our desks about our telephones. It was good to look in it when a customer started rubbing your the wrong way. Looking at my reflection gave me more patience. Who wants to look in the mirror to see anger boil up.
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    • Anna says:

      Wow Kenya! I need to keep a mirror around me a lot more — that sounds like a great way to learn serenity! Thanks for the wonderful insight as always!

  2. Chris Carter says:

    Oh these are great wishes Anna. I could work on each of them too… What you shared about them really resonates with me. Patience, Wisdom, and serenity… yeah. I think we all need to wish for more of them all.
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  3. ruchira says:

    Beautiful post Anna and no doubt your wishes are just awesome since we all wanna float in it 🙂

    I guess time is a big helper in this…when the time shall come…it shall happen 🙂
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    • Anna says:

      Indeed. It will happen at some point. I just hope that I can appreciate it when it does. Thanks for your comment!

  4. Allie says:

    Great aspirations… I especially love serenity. I hope you achieve it, and if you do, will you PLEASE tell me how I can get there?

  5. Anna – hi! I know what you mean about Those People who seem to float above the stress… I would like to be able to do that. Love how you used wishes and mirrors and that photo of the girl in the grass is haunting. Here’s to wisdom and patience for us both, my friend!
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    • Anna says:

      Thanks so much for your kind words and continued inspiration! I really did like the photo, and thought it went so well with the topic.

  6. Lizzi says:

    I think you show great wisdom in your wishes, and in your contemplative understanding that there won’t be quick-fixes or silver-paint-and-sparkle to make them come true, but hard work and perseverence, and the courage of your convictions to stay true to your objectives.

    I fully believe that you can become the patient, serene person you’d like to be, and I think you’re well on the way to wise. Keep finding situations to practice in, and you’ll get there soon enough. I wish you all the luck as you try 🙂

    • Anna says:

      Thanks Lizzi! I love your kind and supportive words! Plus, I’m sending my admiration for your work on compassion — I think a lot about the movement you’ve helped to start…

  7. “I admit that I’m learning from my mistakes, but I wish I didn’t have to make so many of them to learn anything.” I know, right??!!! I wish that, too. Wisdom and serenity. It’s amazing, and beautiful really, how the things we wish for change over the years.
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  8. A.J. Goode says:

    You are always so positive in your posts and comments! So many of us look in the mirror and seek out the bad in our reflections; leave it to YOU to look in the mirror and see possibilities for change! Thank you so much for this. Now, I’m off to look in my own mirror again and see what wishes I want to make . . .

    • Anna says:

      Hi AJ: You’re such a wonderful person and writer. I’d be looking in the mirror and being pretty darn pleased with myself if I were you! Let me know what you see when you’re looking….

  9. Julie S. says:

    I like the direction you took this prompt. Those are wonderful wishes to have for your reflection 🙂
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  10. April G says:

    I would love more serenity. I’m working diligently on myself, but it’s really all done in the dark. Many people seem serene on the outside, but not when they walk in their doors at home.

    I think we’d all like to be wiser, patient and more serene.

    Wow! And Kenya had some wise words.
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    • Anna says:

      Hi: Agreed about Kenya!!! I also admire the progress you’ve made in your life. I’m sending you a big juicy Attagirl!!!!! 😉

  11. Tamara says:

    I do wish you luck, of course!~
    I wish for patience. I have very little to begin with and parenting didn’t help.
    Serenity is another one. In fact, I wanted to name our second daughter Serena! Of course, our second “daughter” was actually a son, but it’s still in my mind.
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