The other day, I was going about my usual routine of getting ready to go out. For me (a total make-up fiend) this usually involves a quick moment to "put my face on" and face the public as if I'm well rested and give a care. I gazed into the mirror, dabbing on moisturizer and smearing foundation, covering up the flaws and accentuating the positive so to speak.
Then, in that split-second, I realized that I didn't have a blemish on me at all - it was a speck of make-up on the mirror that had given the illusion something was on my face. Relieved, I wiped the mirror and went on with my routine.
In that ridiculous moment, I thought how foolish I was to instantly assume something was wrong with me. I don't have the best skin in the world, and so I immediately jumped to the conclusion that it was my face that was blemished, and I left no room for argument. Then, my perspective changed. And when I saw the blemish for what it really was, my perspective of myself changed too.
We can be so quick to find the flaws in ourselves.
If you're like me, I can be quick to be critical of myself. Not just body image or skin quality - but, how I mother my children, how I love my husband, how I treat others, and how I manage my time. I can quickly point out the flaws and things I'd like to change - that's the easy part! But, am I seeing everything from the right perspective? Am I able to step back and spot the blemishes that aren't really blemishes at all?
None of us see ourselves as others see us - and, chances are good that people think we look a lot better than we think we do. I'm all for self-improvement - don't get me wrong - but, in a world that constantly tries to tell us (especially as women and mothers) that we're not good enough, smart enough, pretty enough, etc..... (the list is long, as you know!) sometimes it's okay to clean the filthy mirror and see who we really are: beautiful daughters of the King, working hard, loving well, and striving to make a difference (even if that difference for the day means not burning the frozen waffles in the toaster that morning - hey, that counts!)
Go take a look at your gorgeous self - flaws and all - and please, do yourself a favor and clean that mirror! You might just smile at what you see. (I hope you do!)