the door of mirrors

October 10, 2007

Tragic is the plight of the tragedian whose only audience is himself! Life is for each man a solitary cell whose walls are mirrors.

– Lazurus to Caligula

It is said that life is full of doors, opening and closing, opportunities coming and going. Most are nervous about the prospect of opening one door, or closing it, but the fear of opening the door in front of you is not a fear of what lies on the other side. It is a fear of how the people will perceive you on the other side. You are faced with that decision the moment you step in front of that door; a door built from a mirror. You see a reflection of yourself, and seeing yourself is a reminder that you are being perceived. You do not float in this world unseen. People are more aware of your actions and words than you think. In fact, they are more aware of you than you are aware of yourself.The debate lies not in whether you should or shouldn’t open that door. It’s a question of whether you want to. Do you really want the people through that door to see you? What will they think of you? What will you think of them? Will you get along with them? It all comes down to a judgment of them unto you. The concern of the actual physical actions or consequences that will occur to you are minor. Physical pain, or stress from circumstance are things that are fixable. You can cure these ailments. But how are you to cure another’s judgments of you? They pass judgment the second they see you, and it is only the lucky few that are able to get a second judgment.That mirror in front of you is a reminder of the harsh reality of life: there’s only one look, one pose, one chance. Things either build up from there, or are destroyed.To open that door is not a leap of faith; it’s a stride in confidence.

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