I remember many of the things my Mom used to tell me. She was one of those people who had a wise word or two for every situation and in many cases she would cite a relevant proverb - although I think she made some of them up. In fact, I am pretty sure she did.
However, many of the things she said to me and taught me have stayed with me throughout my life and defined the way I live and who I am.
One of those phrases that I still try and live by is her idea of mirror moments.
She used to say that what really mattered was that you lived the sort of life God would be proud of and that you would be proud of. She said that you ought to be able to look at yourself in the mirror at the end of each day (I was always told to do it when I was at the sink about to clean my teeth) and be proud of the way you had lived that day.
You ought to be able to look yourself in the eye and know you had lived that day with honesty, integrity, kindness and consideration. You could fool others but you really couldn't fool yourself.
I have carried that through my life and it has seen me through some pretty challenging times over the years. It really is what I try to do every day. I am not perfect; there are days I don't manage it but at least I admit to myself at the end of the day where I have gone wrong, what I could have done differently and try to learn from it.
So when Dawn brought out her Darkest Days collection (available from her store at Scrapbookgraphics) I knew this ought to be a page I recorded.
However, talking about mirrors also makes me think of something else. Anmd I want to share that page though it is an old one.
When I first knew Nigel I used to love his eyes. I still do, but it was his eyes that were special. We would go out as a foursome, he with his fiance and I with mine and in the back of the car I would often catch his eyes in the rear view mirror and he would smile. He just had kind eyes.
When we eventaully became a couple I told him and it has been a constant joke between us where he will often catch me in a mirror and just twinkle. So he is my man in the mirror. A very different mirror moment.
Today I am thankful for
the wisdom of my Mom
mirrors and all they stand for for me
and THIS seemed an appropriate LOL cat to share today.
I wonder if this is what all cats see. I'm sure it must be!