What I Saw in the Mirror

One day, I was given a magical mirror.
I feared of what it could reflect back but unknowingly and unexpectedly, it drew me closer.
I gravitated towards it until I saw myself standing before it.

It reflected the vastness of my consciousness.
It showed me my fears, ill-wishes, and glitches.
It showed me the depth of the things I always cried about.
It showed me the ugly things I didn’t want to look at.

I asked jokingly, “mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?”
The mirror said, “You.”

I laughed so hard I went on my knees. When I’m done laughing, I daringly stared back at it.
This time, it reflected a glistening light.
It’s so blinding that I had to adjust my focus.
It said, “this is also You.”

Dazed but I continued to listen to what it was saying.

“You are the resilience during a crisis.
You have the biggest smile in the face of misery.
You are forgiving in front of your adversaries.”

It carried on, “You call yourself ugly but you’re also beautiful.
You see the beauty of every little thing, drawing inspiration from all creatures.
You see through everybody’s fears and hold them dear.
You wished them well when they wished you nightmares.

You get angry and gloomy because the things that caused them mattered to you.
You speak your truth when it is called for.
You see, these things are what make You.
You are not a design flaw.
You are the design. Period.”

It stopped talking because I understood.
I looked at my reflection once more, and I saw colors and patterns.
They’re dancing and changing forms.
It is in motion only in expansion.
It glitters and sings.
It is carefree and glowing.
It is just beautiful.

Mesmerized of what I was witnessing, the mirror in its last words said,
“Now, go ahead and color the world of your own hue and tint.”

And so I did.

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12 thoughts on “What I Saw in the Mirror

  1. samah says:

    “You call yourself ugly but you’re also beautiful.
    You see the beauty of every little thing, drawing inspiration from all creatures.
    You see through everybody’s fears and hold them dear.
    You wished them well when they wished you nightmares.

    wooow !!! this part touched me ….

  2. Eddy says:

    When I look at the mirror the only thing I see is the reflection of my tired dark circles beneath my eyes sleepy depressed face. I think you need to show me where I can exactly get such a mirror that springs philosophical deep reflections!

    • The Only Charm says:

      Do you happen to be a panda?!?!

      Okay, I’ll tell you a perfect example. Watch Naruto’s episode when he was training for sage mode. 😛
      There’s a part there where he saw a reflection of his shadow self (the dark self we don’t want to look at).

      I didn’t watch this cartoon, but in Avatar: The last Airbender, I’ve seen a clip when the little boy in order to achieve a higher-state, his teacher made him reflect on many of his attachments to the physical world. During this process, he was asked to let go. And of course, he was resisting and that is like taking a bullet from your body. He finally released that bullet inside of him (letting go), and boy, welcome to a whole new world. 😛

  3. Sankalp Asthana says:

    This is such a beautifully penned piece & full of depth insight Charmie ❤️❤️😍😍 Loved each and every line of this exceptional thought. 🌹💯🤗🍷

    • The Only Charm says:

      San! ❤️ What a pleasure to have been visited by a soul whose light dances as well with sparkling gold dusts!

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