Have you ever noticed how perfect a reflection tends to be in a captured image? The reflections that we see in the water’s surface, a pane of glass, or just in the mirror looking back at ourselves give us an idealized version of what life should be. It gives us confidence because we see the very best in ourselves and the world as a whole.
The thought about reflections brings about a question: is our reflection a genuine example of who we are? Or is our reflection simply something we put on for the rest of the world to see?
In the news today, we hear many terrible stories about tragedy, war, and hatred. The vast majority of people are peaceful, yet a small minority of people who prefer war and revenge control the way we think and feel about foreign countries, about religion, and even about culture. It sickens to the very core to see all the bad, yet in a simple reflection I am able to see all of the good and that lifts of my soul.
Why? Because whether I see the summit of a mountain reflected in a lake beneath a sunset’s glory or the majestic beauty of flamingos reflected in a tranquil lake – what I see is honesty. Simplicity. The way the world is supposed to be without the influence of selfishness.
Conflicts have come throughout history and they have gone away. Empires have risen and they have fallen. People have loved and people have lost. Through all of it, the reflections of nature have stood strong and tall against the wind and the rain, proud of who they are and what they represent. They are a testament to the fact that against the greatest of odds or the most terrible of circumstances, the sun will rise on a brand new day.
A day where a reflection can shine once more.