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Mirror image

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When we look into, watch others looking into, or observe anything placed in front of a mirror, or any other reflective surface, we assume that that mirror is showing us an exact representation of ourselves, others, or anything else found in front of it. While we know intellectually that there can never really be a completely faithful mirror image portrayed due to imperfections in the reflective surface, the light source, and other outside factors, what we usually fail to take into account is that our halves don’t match and that we don’t generally perform a complete inspection of our selves or our apparel so that when we look in a mirror we are often taken a little aback by what we see. We also tend not to scrutinize objects or other people closely enough that a mirror image will be close enough to identify them.

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We stumble over the matter of perception almost every time we look at and make judgements about a mirror image. We may think we know what we look like, but there have been many times that we’ve glanced in a mirror and wondered who that stranger was standing there; or have looked in a rearview mirror and not been able to judge the distance from or make out what kind of car we see there; or reached for a vegetable in the market and bump our hand against the glass. Unlike looking in a pond or a puddle that we know has ripples and other distortions, we make assumptions about man-made reflections when should look at all reflections with a grain of salt or with admiration for the artistic license taken by these inanimate objects. Wouldn’t honing observational skills help us modify our assumptions?

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Morning routine

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It is next to impossible to move through your day without trouble or worry when your morning routine has been disturbed in some way. Being disrupted in the very beginning of the day can throw your whole mindset off. Behaving in automatic, following a routine serves to warm up the engine of the day as well as economically get needed tasks, such as bathing, dressing, eating breakfast, done without having to rev up those brain cells. When you slip into your routine you don’t have to think about what you are actually doing, you can think about the coming day and make your plans and backup plans for the day. While thinking of the day ahead you can define those moments and times that will give you pleasure of one sort or another and have a series of things to look forward to and to anticipate if you encounter difficulties or resistance at various points throughout the day. This is not to say that routine should be embraced at all times, to do that would be to excise the large amount of enjoyment, surprise, and satisfaction that is derived from experiencing all the moments in your waking day. Should we allow daily preparation to be autonomic?


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Charity begins at home

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Charity is a noble sentiment and a wonderful cause to take part in, but occasionally we must pause to take a look at whether or not it is costing us too much in time, labor, and assets. As much as we would like to share with others, we must also make sure that we have enough of what we’re sharing for ourselves. It is all fine and good to give the shirt off your back  or your last dollar to someone who has none as long as you have a way to adequately cover yourself and acquire what you need for survival or all you are doing is trading one person in need for another. If you give someone food enough to keep them and their loved ones going, will you have enough for you and your loved ones? If you ‘lend’ someone money will you have enough to pay your bills? If you volunteer, will you have enough time to spend with your loved ones – and yourself? The urge to give is a strong one in most people, but must be judiciously applied or no one will benefit and some will suffer the adverse effects of thoughtless giving. When one gives without carefully thinking about it the spirit of the giving is lost; good thoughts must accompany good deeds to have any real meaning. Shouldn’t you be thoughtful and giving at home before carelessly throwing charity elsewhere?