Reflection

mirrorfind

My daughter took this picture of me on Friday, the day after I wrecked and totaled my car on this bank.  We were looking through some of the rubble that was left behind.  Among the broken glass, car parts, and general debris, I found something interesting.  My mirror.  My unbroken, completely intact mirror.  She took the picture just as I found it and was looking into it.

So, most people might stop here with, “Cool. Mirror didn’t break. Awesome,” and move along.  But nope. Not me.  Not deep-thinking, over-analytical me.  I have to blog about it.

It’s a mirror.  Ya know?  How symbolic is that?! Among everything else that was shattered and destroyed, two things remained unharmed.  This mirror.  And me.

Something tells me that’s not a coincidence.

“For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever that answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”
Steve Jobs

Life can definitely knock you for a loop sometimes.  In this case – quite literally.  Walking away from an accident that very likely could have killed me has had a pretty profound affect on me.  It’s hard not to question why I’m still here.  Is there something left for me to do?  Is there a difference I’m supposed to make?  Is there something I need to be doing differently in my life?  In my heart?  In my mind?

I honestly have no clue.  Not yet.

But what I do have is a mirror.  And I intend to keep it as a reminder.  I’m putting it up beside my bed and I intend to look into it every morning before I start each day.  I want it to serve as a reminder that I’m still here.  And as long as I see my reflection staring back at me, my job here is not done.

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“Here is the test to find out if your mission on Earth is finished:  If you’re alive, it isn’t.”
– Richard Bach

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5 responses »

  1. It’s really amazing how you are taking this terrifying accident and turning it into something positive. One of my favorite quotes by Henry David Thoreau is:

    “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”

    The point is that anything can happen in life, good or bad. It’s all how we view the obstacles in our path that determines whether or not we get stuck or move on and ultimately whether or not we truly lived. I’m really enjoying reading your blog, Melissa, and I am so happy you are OK.

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