Last night we watched Nick Offerman’s stand up titled, “10 Tips To A Delicious Life.” Tonight I’d like to talk about his Tip #6 – Avoid the mirror.
He explains that the mirror should be used as a maintenance tool only, as in reserved purely for utilitarian purposes. Staring at the mirror, instead of seeing ourselves with an accepting gaze, tends to facilitate unhealthy comparisons between our face and some airbrushed erotic comic we call a celebrity (and in some cases role model).
He asks, “Are you human? Then you are beautiful!”
This simple proud statement we should not find revolutionary or strange reminds me of two memories:
One- my friend Ms. J. used to lecture her disdain for the confusing and contrary messages on the covers of all women’s magazines. She would successfully and diligently point out at least three main messages: How to lose weight fast, the most delicious desserts, and great sex tips. All of these features plastered in bright colors around a half naked celebrity all shined up and airbrushed to look beyond human.
Two- my mother hung a bunch of decopage plaques on the bathroom wall she found at St. Vincent’s and one of the most prominent ones said, “Everything is beautiful, not everyone see it. – Confucious.”
Which brings me to the Chinese art of feng shui and it’s philosophy of the mirror in a peaceful life. According to feng shui principles, mirrors used properly are the aspirin of feng shui, as in the medicine or cure for your living space. My interpretation of the place mirrors have in feng shui has nothing to do with a person standing in front of it for hours scrutinizing themselves with sickening judgement (I traveled Spain with such a friend and it damn near killed our friendship. It certainly killed my respect for this person). Rather, in order for a mirror to cure your space it must be used to double your dreams, help manifest your wishes two-fold, while expanding the illusion of space in your dwelling. I always said a clean open space gives your mind more thinking room. Supposedly the feng shui experts agree.
So who abuses mirrors? Wicked witches in Grimm’s fairy tales and the insecure people who obsess over material shallow insignificances. Vanity is, after all, one of the seven deadly sins.
So I agree with Nick Offerman. I agree with Confucious. I agree with feng shui. Avoid the mirror. Reclaim your beauty and live your life using your precious energy and thoughts for more productive, worthwhile, delicious life. We can do this. Live a long scrumptious life!
Well, that’s my opinion and advice for the day anyway.