What Does This Woman See When She Looks in the Mirror?

June 6, 2011

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SPECIAL NOTE: If you haven’t yet checked out the Love Your Life Summit, there is still time. Today you can hear Marci Shimoff interview Cynthia Hersey, about whom I wrote in my post on May 18, Is Your Compassion Unstoppable?

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If you avoid looking in mirrors because your body doesn’t look the way you’d like it to look, what do you think this woman sees when she looks in a mirror?

How many of us see our “flaws” when we look in the mirror,  especially when we happen to glance at the mirror just after we’ve just stepped out of the shower?

When I look, I notice the weight that has shifted from other parts of my body to the area around my waist. My stomach used to be reasonably flat. Now two extra pounds have been added in the past year and I think they make me look I’m carrying ten extra pounds.

However, when my critic starts commenting when I turn on the bathroom light, I remind myself of one of the nicest things said to me by a friend of mine — who has lost more than fifty pounds and works with a trainer: “We can decide to lose weight, but our bodies decide where it will be lost.” Nevertheless, I too often feel inferior to those with well-proportioned bodies that don’t show the extra cookie they ate before bedtime.

All of this is by way of commenting on some videos I saw recently about two people who are able to do extraordinary things with far less “normal” bodies than most of us have. The first is someone I want to highlight today and I’ll share the other in the next post in two days.

Jessica Cox was born without arms but now has a pilot’s license for light-weight planes! She can do amazing things with her feet, including putting in her contact lens. I doubt she focuses on her lack of arms when she looks in the mirror. So now when I look in the mirror, I’m going to tell my critic that I have much to be grateful for and two extra pounds around the middle ain’t nothing to complain about.

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