In a Mirror
How do you look into a mirror? Do you smile — say “hi”? Do you pull a face? Do you inspect your reflection with care, straighten an eyebrow, pull back a curl? Do you quickly look away?
In any event, we all have a certain pleasure from seeing ourselves in a mirror. We recognize the face in the glass, and are glad that it’s there.
We need, then, to do the same thing with other people. We need to look at them as though we were looking in a mirror. For, in them we may see a reflection of all that lies within us.
To look at others as we look at ourselves is to look at the world through very different eyes. Moreover, it helps us in many different ways. It frees us from jealousies, angers, resentments. And it shows us how we may love life with a new energy.
By Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz
Excerpted from “Be a King“. To buy this book as an ebook for $4.95 click here.
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