Truth is beautiful…

“Truth is beautiful, without doubt; but so are lies.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Mirror, mirror on the wall… find the nearest mirror. Look. Keep looking for 3 minutes. Write about what you see.

(Author: Esther Poyer)

I look in the mirror and I see a person who was previously consumed by fear. That fear remains but in a more healthy fashion. The fear which remains is a fear which allows me to think things through instead of simply reacting. Now I see someone who feels more at ease with many of the decisions he makes. Maybe it is age. I have heard “with age comes maturity.” Is it simply being frustrated with making reactive decisions which cause me not to experience disappointment for the sake of avoiding disappointment?

I also see someone who doesn’t care…or at least that is what some in my life would tell me. “You don’t care about anything.” I struggle with these gross generalizations and find them frustrating. It’s not that I don’t care about anything; it’s that I don’t care as much about some things, those things which had previously consumed so much of my precious time and effort and almost always things over which I had no control. Those are the things which I have spent many hours if not days focusing energy on an issue so I don’t get emotionally hurt. If I don’t experience disappointment and push myself into that realm of uncomfortable emotions…how do I grow? How do I learn to deal with disappointment?

I like what I see in the mirror today. I’m not always happy with what I see and that is a clue for me to reassess what I am doing at the present moment. It’s an opportunity to reassess what is happening in my life today. If I begin to feel too comfortable perhaps I am not taking enough chances and risking failure.

I like the person who takes healthy risks. I like the person who challenges the status quo.

I like the person who is not OK with mediocrity.

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6 thoughts on “Truth is beautiful…

  1. Christopher,

    I really hear you when you say people tell you that you donlt care. i have been judged as a person who doesn’t show a lot of extreme emotion, especially disappointment. Truth is I care ENOUGH not to get disappointed, angry, depressed, etc, Because what the heck can I do in that state, Nothing! I;m too busy being disappointed and angry.

    To me, those are the emotions of a victim, accepting what is and not able to “handle” it. Also hear, “don’t you care enough not to worry”. Worry? What good does that do? Like Twain said, “some of the worst things in my life never even happened”

    Thanks for sharing this!

    Gary

  2. I am glad that you continue to write. I concur with you that disappointment is something all of us have to deal with in life! It’s how we handle it that makes the difference! You are unique in that you take risks and in that you are not satisfied with mediocrity. This is evident in your work, photography, and in your running!

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