1:  a polished or smooth surface (as of glass) that forms images by reflection
2 (a): something that gives a true representation; (b): an exemplary model

Source: www.merriam-webster.com


Mirror (n.): early 13th century, from Old French mireoir “a reflecting glass, looking glass; observation, model, example,” earlier miradoir (11th century), from mirer “look at” (oneself in a mirror), “observe, watch, contemplate,” from Vulgar Latin mirare “to look at,” variant mirari “to wonder at, admire” (related to: miracle).

The Spanish cognate, mirador, has come to mean “watch tower.”. .

Figurative usage is attested from c. 1300.  Used in divination since classical and biblical times; mirrors in modern England are the subject of at least 14 known superstitions, according to folklorists.  Belief that breaking one brings bad luck is attested from 1777.  Mirror ball attested from 1968.

Mirage (n.): “optical illusion of water in sandy deserts.” 1812, from French mirage (1753), from se mirer “to be reflected,” from Latin mirare (mirror).  Or the French word is from Latin mirus “wonderful” (miracle).  Similarity to Arabic mi’raj has been noted, but the usual sense of that word is “ladder, stairs; climb, ascent,” and the resemblance appears to be coincidental.  The standard Arabic for “a desert mirage” is sarab.


Source: etymonline.com


“The mirror is the worst judge of true beauty”

Sophia Nam (a writer, who has yet to publish a book)

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“A beautiful woman should break her mirror early.” 

Baltasar Gracián (Baltasar Gracián y Morales, 1601—1658, philosopher and writer known as the leading Spanish exponent of conceptism, a style of dealing with ideas that involves the use of terse and subtle displays of exaggerated wit)

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"Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it."

Ernest Holmes (1887-1960, founder of the International Religious Science movement and wrote "The Science of the Mind" and numerous other books on metaphysics)

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“For I do not exist: there exist but the thousands of mirrors that reflect me. With every acquaintance I make, the population of phantoms resembling me increases. Somewhere they live, somewhere they multiply. I alone do not exist.” 

Vladimir Nabokov (Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov, 1899—1977, Russian-born American novelist and critic, the foremost of the post-1917 émigré authors; wrote in both Russian and English, and his best works, including "Lolita," which featured stylish, intricate literary effects)

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“If you would seek to find yourself
look not in the mirror
for there is but a shadow there'
A stranger....

Sidney Sheldon (1917-2007, American author and producer, whose prominence came in the 1930s, first working on Broadway plays and then in motion pictures, notably writing the successful comedy "The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer," which earned him an Academy Award)

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“Architecture is the very mirror of life. You only have to cast your eyes on buildings to feel the presence of the past, the spirit of a place; they are the reflection of society.”

I.M. Pei (b. 1917, Global architect, who has been the design force behind JFK Airport, El Paso Tower and the Museum of Islamic Art, among many other sites)

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“A beautiful woman should break her mirror early.”

Baltasar Gracián


Most of us want to stay frozen in time of our selective notion of beauty for as long as possible.  But, “real” internal and external beauty, or eternal youth for that matter, are always evolving and transforming, because we are constantly cycling about and searching for our way.  That is, if we make those choices to do so.

Years ago, I had a great fall, a literally fall down a full flight of concrete and steel stairs while working.  It was a major event that challenged me, but one that also changed my life for the better.  Not only was I physically disabled for months, I also suffered with a great deal of post-traumatic stress disorder.  I was also humbled, because it was quite an ordeal to heal through.  It became my Phoenix moment, where I was resurrected from the ashes of my former self.  It took a great deal of hard work and the support of alternative healers and physical therapists.  In short, the fall initiated one of the greatest pivots in my life, mainly because I was able to shift physically, emotionally, nutritionally, and spiritually.

In my midst of that important healing cycle I was very fascinated by how my face and body were able to transform.  Once the pain subsided and my sight returned, I loved looking in the mirror to observed the changes in my face and body.  The swelling eventually turned black and blue, then turned purple, and solidified as knots throughout.  Then the trauma and stress all slowly went away returning my face and body to one that recognized as a representation of myself.  My transmutation was quite miraculous to watch.

Are you happy when you look in the mirror, sojourners?  If so, is it time to break the mirror?  And if not, what would you like to transform within and without?

Written with Much Love and Appreciation, Tonya












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