Tuesday, December 03, 2013

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December Projects, Day #3

Prompt for day #3: mirror mirror

Near the end of the year is the natural time where I take a step back and evaluate. Have I lived this year in a way that makes me look back and smile? Mistakes dot the days. Goals left undone glare up at me from the calendar. Yet through the daily moments there is evidence of Grace soaking into my heart; lessons in patience learned; organizational skills honed a bit more for the smooth running of the family schedule. 

Now is the time to ask myself the question, as I do every year: what do you see when you look in the mirror? Are you disappointed? What do you WISH you saw? Are you seeing yourself through the eyes of human pride, or God's love? Has your life been a reflection of joy, peace, and compassion, or a hectic example of busyness or worry? 

I'm excited to go through the beautiful, free Unravelling the Year Ahead 2014 workbook offered by Susannah Conway. I went through it last year with two of my best friends, and it was one of the best ways to dig deep into who and what I am and hope to be. My word for last year was Grace. Now when I look at myself I see not just an error-ridden nature, but a renewed soul learning to trust in the strength that comes from God. THAT is why I can smile at my past days.

And on a more superficial level, I am learning the lesson that it's okay to look at my physical image in the mirror and accept who I am, especially as I watch wrinkle lines appear for the first time around my eyes. Any day now I'll find my first grey hair, I'm sure. No matter what stage of life I am in, I want my daughter to see that I love my body and care for it and am not afraid to show it like it is. After all, sometimes old is best, as we read in one of Harmony's books today!

May I Too Look in the Mirror and Say "Just Right"



mountain girl said...

Such good thoughts, Lyssa. You always give me good things to ponder!

the habit of being said...

oh yes, i remember the first lines and the deciding to live with the white streak rather than tame it by dyeing. it was surprisingly liberating ;-)

Lyssa said...

Thank you, ladies! Yep, the first time I see that grey hair, I'm gonna tell myself again that it's okay to let change occur.