My Magic Mirror

When we built our new house, of course, there were new mirrors.  I didn’t think much about it until I began to spend extended periods looking into one of them.  Now before you jump to the conclusion I’m some kind of vain old fool having another mid-life crisis, that is not the case.  About 4 months ago I got contact lenses.  For those of you with them, you understand.  There is a steep learning curve.  Some days they pop right in, some days they don’t.  

While spending all that time looking in this mirror, I began seeing things I had never seen before.  I don’t mean superficial things, I mean something within.  I began seeing someone becoming someone he didn’t want to be.  I started seeing someone who was retreating into his own opinions while closing his mind and hardening to opposing views.  I saw someone beginning to think people with different ideas or opinions on issues were either ill-informed, stupid, or brainwashed.  I think many factors have contributed to this.  Social Media, 24-hour news cycles, and talk radio probably have had more of an influence on me than I would like to admit.  For me, this type of thinking is unacceptable.  It’s not me and won’t be me anymore.  I refuse to fall in line behind anyone, especially some condescending talking head that has found their way into my life via the magic of electronics.  Now don’t get me wrong, I have my own ideas and opinions, but they’re mine and mine alone.  They don’t elevate me to some “Moral High Ground,” and neither does anyone else’s.  I will, as painful as it sometimes pull the scab back.  I’ll look and try to understand why someone’s opinion differs from mine.  I will be flexible.  I will change my mind if something changes it.  Friends, some old, outdated opinion that I’ve fostered for years without reviewing, just isn’t the hill I choose to die on.  A very wise man once said, “It doesn’t matter how flat and thin a pancake is, it still has two sides”.  From now on, I’m gonna flip that pancake every time.

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