Sometimes I have to apply the brake pedal and realise that the reflection I see before me isn’t my own, but of the person standing behind me. That in my intense focus on the mirrored image, I over-identified with what I saw, not paying attention to the fact that it wasn’t mine at all.
Some things, some people are here to challenge us, but they are not necessarily a reflection of who we are. Often they represent sign-posts reminding us to look away from the mirror and at ourselves. To help us acknowledge that we are already further along the path than we realised. So much of who we are is based on our comparison to others and the beliefs that they hold, without understanding that our own image, beliefs, and views are what we should be paying attention to. With brakes now firmly applied, for now, I refocus and find myself. And thus the spell is broken. For the inadequacies I felt, were neither real, nor my own. Being a chameleon is only good for chameleons.
I thank my alter-ego Jane Roberts for reminding me of this.