Thought For Today

Sunday, March 7, 2010

The Mirror

The Mirror:

In the mirror it's the self we see, looking back at us

At first it's only a face and hair,  all frazzled in a muss

Then I look at the person, that's looking back at me

Questions come into my mind, like who can that be?

Am I just the crows feet, creeping towards my eye?
Or am I all the gray, that's chasing color goodbye?

I see a weathered face, that has seen some better days

My pallor looks anemic, needing some of sunlight's rays

When I stare at outward things, this is what there is

Questions keep on flooding in, my life is it the quiz?.

My mind puzzles and  I see, someone's questioning back

I see their contemplation; "Are you having a panic attack?"

Then I look into their eyes, and see a soul within

A sparkle in their eyes, a Light that makes me grin

The grandeur of their  inner self, and inner Joy of Spring

The depth of Spirit and Compassion, I see they now do bring

There is wisdom in those old eyes,  as I see a dear lost friend

It's then I see acknowledgment,  I finally comprehend

The face I see is like a mask, it's not my inner wealth

In the eyes is my soul, that's where  I see my  health

I am not my outer shell, I've grown to so much more

Experience has taught me, but  Faith does make me soar

Age may change my outer self,  but inside I stay young

A friend is looking back at me. My  life has just begun

Written with Love and Light,

by Nina Pauline

I've always been told I look like my mother's side of the family. A few years ago I took half of my face and put it on my mother... (mind you she wore glasses at the time and I didn't) I was amazed at the similarities. To the point where depending on who I showed the altered photo too some would say, "oh that's a nice picture of you" and others would say "that's a nice picture of your mother"... Both compliments and both, obviously, my mother's side...
Yet when I started fooling with the contrast, color, tint, brightness etc..( trying to just see/highlight the eyes etc.. I don't have a photo-shop or anything so this was the best I could do with the effect I was trying for).of this mirror photo I took with my phone today.... I may have my mother's face... but,  I see my father's eyes looking back at me.
 May you look in the mirror and see your shining soul reflected back at you through your eyes.  
Blessings to you and yours. Love and Light, Nina P



Clytie said...

I love you for this poem. And this picture. Both are beautiful!

My friend Trina got frustrated with questions about her mixed racial heritage. People would ask "well what ARE you?".

I finally got her to answer them back - "I am BEAUTIFUL."

Granny Annie said...

I find your talent overwhelming with rushes of joy.

Terry said...

Howdy Nina P.
This was so beautiful ,deep and simple at the same time.
Thank you for sharing !
You are so gifted my friend .
I love the way you encourage me .
Taking care of my Mom has brought a lot of changes into my life.
My Mom has been a self absorbed person for a long time .
My entire life she has said she does not believe in God .
Does not want to be a parent ,yet she is my Mom .
She is so negative .
We were never close so It has been a real challenge of am I doing enough .
I find myself wondering am I trying hard enough to please her ?
I keep trying to reach out in love not obligation.
Living so far apart is filled with many logistical problems as well .
I needed your words today.
I needed to remember I am doing the best I can with what I know at this moment .
All that life experience that has brought the wrinkles and gray hair to me is also providing a solid foundation for me to build upon.
Thank you for reminding me not to be moved by my circumstance but to reach forward to the healing .
This was such a beautiful post .
I am so glad you share your precious gift with us here in blogland .
I for one need a dose daily .
Blessings to you my light filled friend .
Hugs with many blessings are coming your way .
Love from Texas
Happy Trails

miruspeg said...

Nina even before you wrote this poem and showed this photo I knew what a beautiful soul you are.

You have a wonderful gift that shines such a bright light whereever you journey.
I hope you write a book one day. I would buy it in an instant and read a poem every night.

May you always shine your glorious light for you are blessed and in being so we are also blessed to know you.

Tons of love
Peggy xxxx

only a movie said...

I remember my grandmother telling me how she felt about looking in the mirror in her 70s. She always laughed that she felt perpetually about 27. Young on the inside (in a good way) her whole life. Beautiful is definitely an inside job.

Great post. xo

Anonymous said...

Beautiful as always!
It *is* "the soul within" that I see when I look in the mirror, when I look at anyone in my vision, when I relate to anyone around me. That allows me to proceed with compassion, grace, genuine love, regardless of circumstance.
My mom abandoned me when I was little. I look just like her. My daughter looks just like me. I used to rail against that for the mere fact I thought we somehow symbolized abandonment. Faith says that is not so at all--our smiles brighten the world-- we symbolize all that is good and right in our hearts.
What an amazing journey we are on!
Let your light shine:)

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Nina, You have such an incredible gift of writing and expressing yourself. Sometimes when we look in that ole' mirror --the person looking back is not a friend (although she should be)... When we don't like the way we look, we tend to want to ignore that person in the mirror... But--when we love ourselves unconditionally--that person can be our best friend!!!!

I've never been sure which parent I look like... I think I look more like my mother --but sometimes I am not even sure of that. It is fun to try to determine who we are --and whom we look like!!!!

Great post. Thanks!

AutumnLeaves said...

What a lovely and beautiful poem, Nina. I love the photo too, your thoughts...just so enriching and warming.

septembermom said...

You bare your soul so well in your verse. Well done. Love the picture too.

Anonymous said...

A very interesting post Nina - and lovely poem. There is the mirror showing us ourselves, but really it is our own perception of ourselves. Also the idea of the people around us are our mirrors perhaps reflecting something deeper.

I don't know if you have read any of Sylvia Plath's work? She wrote a great poem called Mirror. I think you might enjoy it. Here is the link:

puzzled said...

This is so beautiful. God has given you a great gift. You use it so very well and I thank you for sharing it with us.

Nina P. said...

You all are mirrors of sorts, I see beautiful reflections of your souls in each of your posts and comments.

We are all reflections of Life, of Love, of Joy, of Hope, of Peace, sharing with each other helping each other.... Thank you dear souls for sharing your Soaring Spirits with me.. encouraging me forward. Your Energy is amazing!

Blessings to you and yours.

Love and Light, Nina p

One Woman's Journey said...

I found you on "Cloudhands". Your poem is beautiful. Lately when I look in the mirror - I sometimes see my mother.
Blessings sent to you this day from the woods in Tennessee.

Dollores said...

your hole blog is so up lifting from the things that you have written. and the beautiful pictures of our earth. I agree with your thoughts, it helps our lives to go a lot easier.
I attend a lot of art shows and the sculptures of Alvin Marshall are the only ones that I have seen carved with such detail. I admire his greatly.