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Running on Jewish Time

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

The Other Face in the Mirror

[Note: Had enough analysis of the quantitative form today.... This is a decided indulgence]

Catching a reflection in a mirror, we peruse our face casually, barely noticing the imperceptible differences. The sharp lines, the taunt skin over bones no longer smoothed by baby fat, the eyes clouded by too many thoughts and feelings.

Do you ever notice the other face in the mirror?
You don't need a mirror, just another person's face. Look at them closely, past their pasted on smiles, their sweet words, the planes and angles of their face. Stare at their eyes, those windows to the soul, the heart exposed to the world, look past the white, the colored circle to the black dot.

Do you see it yet?

There's a face there. Wide open, laughing or crying, full of energy or emotion. A person whole and entire. There's nowhere to hide it in the eyes.

Do you recognize it yet?

Do you know who you are looking for when you search someone else's face?

Sometimes all we can see in others is what we think of ourselves.


  • A variation to the classic, “what you say to me you’re yourself"

    By Blogger Pragmatician, at 8:53 AM, February 23, 2006  

  • So poetic...and so true

    By Blogger David_on_the_Lake, at 3:37 PM, February 23, 2006  

  • Very good post.

    Whenever you feel that you can see more behind a person's face than the superficial, you are also projecting your thoughts and feelings into them. You need to be able to understand sadness to empathize with a sad person (or face). Its like the whole -if you don't love yorself, how can you love another.
    It's not a bad thing, just reality.
    But it doesn't work for people that are tuned in soley to themselves...empathy never enters into the equation.

    By Blogger Okee, at 4:14 PM, February 23, 2006  

  • So true. I agree with okee and want to add to what they said.... How can most see another person when they can't even look into their own reflection and see their true self?

    Before loving yourself you need to know and accept yourself and then stop applying yourself to everyone around you and not just listen, hear them.

    By Blogger FrumGirl, at 6:27 PM, February 23, 2006  

  • We should be ashamed of ourselves if we read so much into faces. And then the lake said "but his face was so beautiful and he looked so happy" or whatever. We draw too many things from lips.

    By Blogger yakki, at 7:09 PM, February 26, 2006  

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