Friday, March 4, 2011

Five-minute Friday: When I look in the mirror I see...

It's time for our five-minute writing extravaganza!  In just a sec I will set the timer and spend five minutes trying to summarize what I see when I look in the mirror.  I don't know how Lisa-Jo comes up with these topics, but this one? making me a bit uncomfortable. 

I'm not a big fan of the introspection. 

Anyhoo, feel free to click on her snazzy new button to my right to hop over to her site and maybe even contribute your own little ditty.  Enjoy the liberation! and freedom! and speed! which accompanies this little exercise....and then please thoroughly enjoy the weekend to follow :)



When I look in the mirror I see a face that is oddly familiar and yet a bit of a surprise.  The face staring back at me is a bit rounder than I expect, with hard-earned lines in stereotypical places that contradict my certainty that I'm still 25 years old with my babies in the other room.

I don't regret those lines.  Most of them have come from laughing and living, and of course a few of them products of the inevitable suffering along the way. 

I appreciate all the living that has gone into making  After all, who would really want to have lived 45 years and have nothing to show for it?

However, much more than the lines around my eyes, or the gaps in the teeth, or that crooked smile that makes me crazy sometimes, when I look in the mirror I see a mom who loves her family passionately...a daughter who wants only the best for her parents...a sister who is crazy about her siblings.  I see a grandmother whose greatest joy is found in her grandchildren.  I see a loyal friend who values the time that seasons the good and evens out the not-so-great. 

I see a person who loves and is loved.

When I look in the mirror I see the same Me! that I've lived with all of these years.

But praise God, now there is a whole beautiful life reflecting in that face looking back :)


Happy Friday!

p.s.  I inserted the pictures outside of the 5-minute window.  just so's ya know :)


thegypsymama said...

A face that is familiar and still a bit of a surprise - yes I know just what you mean! Thanks for linking up.

Misty said...

Saluting....great 5 minutes, love "whole beautiful life"

Michelle said...

I like that part where you say, "I look in the mirror and see the same me, that I've lived with all these years." I like that because I like to think, while the vessel may not look exactly the same, the contents of our souls is still there after all the years. Shining through our skin to make us who we are. Much of what we look like, is a reflection of our souls. I believe outwardly we look as we feel inwardly. Thank you for sharing.

Mary said...

Great post! I love this! Thanks for sharing. :)

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