What Do We See?

"The great corrupter of man is the ego. Looking at the mirror distracts one's attention from the problem." ~ Dean Acheson.

What do we see when we look into the mirror? Every philosopher, sage, teacher, and coach since the begining of time has told us that success, in any endeavor, starts and ends with personal accountability. The words "If it's going to be ~ it's up to me" tell us to look for answers within ourselves ~ and so we gaze into the mirror.

But what do we see? If a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest ~ does he also see what he wants to see? Do we polish our image, buff up the fenders, spit shine our shoes and put on a little makeup to make everything seem ok? Does our ego blind us to looking at real problems?

 Can we take what we see in the mirror out of the equation and solve our problems objectively? If all that we see in the mirror is a reflection of our ego the answer is no. So what should we do? Perhaps rather than gazing upon reflections of our esteemed self we should heed the insightful words of Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe when he said

"Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image."

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