Lately, in the midst of the pandemic chaos, I've noticed myself getting more annoyed than usual, more irritated by the people within the walls of my house.
So, I hid in my bedroom in the hopes of getting some space. After a little self-reflection, I realized that I've been picking up the metaphorical magnifying glass too often.
I'd pick it up and look closely at my husband and see how he wasn't communicating well.
I'd pick it up and look closely at my son and see how he wasn't doing what he should be doing.
I'd pick it up and look closely at a friend and see how she wasn't being there for me.
Then, I remembered that picking up the magnifying glass usually doesn't serve me or my relationships very well.
So, I decide to pick up the mirror instead.
And I saw how I wasn't communicating well with my husband.
I saw how I wasn't doing what I was "supposed" to do as a mom.
I saw how I wasn't being there for myself in the way that I wanted.
Then, since I have control over myself (and not the people I'm looking at through the magnifying glass), I decided to compassionately focus on myself and how I can be the person I want to be in my relationships.
When I look in the mirror, I see the power I have to create the life I want. It's a beautiful thing.
Pick up the mirror instead of the magnifying glass!