I can measure my grace-levels on any given day by the way I’m driving. When I’m grace-filled I will see someone in a side street trying to break into a continuous line of traffic, feel their frustration and stop to let them in. On days when my grace is in short supply, I decide my urgency is more important than theirs and let them wait their turn. I’m quite within the letter of the law but it warns me that my attitude is out of sync with a heart of love … that I’m more concerned with self than the needs of others.
Living in a way that reflects my beliefs and values isn’t just about what I do but how I do it. I can see myself reflected through my friendships; my family interactions and the everyday moments of my days … mirrors are everywhere.
If I have the courage, I can ask the people in my life to reflect back the things they see in me. Sometimes the things they share are tough but if given and accepted in love they are pure gold. Recently a good friend told me I have a tendency to correct. Wow! I had no idea. I was horrified, but those honest words made me aware of something I want to try and change.
The funny thing about awareness is that it can't be undone. Once I become aware of something I can't then be unaware. It demands a choice ... ignore it or act on it. But that's the pure gold. I've been given a choice ... handed an opportunity to face something in my life that needs to change if my relationships are to be deeper and more loving.
Be alert the 'mirrors' in your life and next time you glimpse your reflection, take time to look deeper at how your life is reflecting your heart.