“It is an absolute human certainty that no one can know his own beauty or perceive a sense of his own worth until it has been reflected back to him in the mirror of another loving, caring human being.” ~ John Joseph Powell …
We are each a miraculous creation… a completely unique and wonderfully crafted marvel. However, as John’ aptly points out, many of us are unaware of our own true worth because we have never seen it from the eyes of those around us, from the perspectives of those lives we touch. Because we seldom take the time to look at ourselves from the outside in, it is the duty of each one of us to be the “loving, caring human being who, like a mirror, reflects back the worth of others.”
So much of people’s experience in life is a result of the way in which they see themselves, the way that others have told them they are for so long. But not everyone is a good mirror. Some are not at a point in their lives in which they are able to offer love and compassion. Still others are too busy or only offer a very limited view. We must therefore make the effort to be good mirrors for others in life, and we must strive to recognize our own God-given self-worth.
We are all necessary pieces of the puzzle. We each rely upon one another for purpose and completion. Look at how marvelous a creation you truly are through the eyes of those around you. Share the value and worth of others with them so that they, too, can recognize their marvelous existence.
Share with someone how important and valuable they are in your life.
Questions to consider:
Why has each of us been given our own unique beauty?
Why is it so hard for many people to believe that they are marvels?
What would life be like if we all believed in our beauty and we were all able to treat others as if we believed in it?
For further thought:
“Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that will never be again… And what do we teach our children? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France.
When will we also teach them what they are?
We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move.
You may become a Shakespeare, a Michaelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel. And when you grow up, can you then harm another who is, like you, a marvel?
You must work–we must all work–to make the world worthy of its children.” ~ Pau Casals