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Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection

Discover how..

Every experience can be used for the good.

Strength comes at our weakest moments.

A 'Reflection can be Clear even if the Mirror is Cracked!'

But how? 

Look for the blessing in every experience.

Focus on what really matters in life.

Find courage to make even the most difficult experience count for something.  

Journey to a Clearer Reflection in my Cracked Mirror...

While writing I found value in challenges and strength in weakness. Reflections inspired by simple things in life changed my way of looking at the world, myself and my potential. 

Perfection was always the goal. The standards I had set were unattainable. My expectations were unrealistic. The result was endless frustration.  

Finding courage to step out seemed impossible. I didn't feel ready nor did I feel good enough. Yet, I had a choice; let perfectionistic thinking stop me or accept myself and take a chance. 

Challenges that once held me back lost power. Rather than let them control me, I learned to embrace them. What I had gone through had made me who I was and for that I was grateful. Every experience had value. Nothing would be wasted.

A desire to inspire others ultimately breathed life into what will soon be 'Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection.' The goal was to encourage others by sharing my story. I didn't realize that I was the one who would be inspired. 

Writing gave me courage to move forward, little by little. I no longer felt a need to control the next chapter in my life. Inspiration as my guide, I slowly built courage to take action step by step. 

Notebook in hand, God composed a story on my heart. I had a pen. He had a pencil. I didn't need to be perfect to step out. He was there to walk me through the process. His pencil had an eraser to erase mistakes made along the way.  

Determined to make it count, I no longer doubted whether or not I would get there. I just wasn't exactly sure when or how. Either way, I was on my way. Nothing could stop me from becoming all that I was called to be.

As I looked in the mirror, I noticed several small cracks. Surprisingly, my reflection was clear. At that moment I heard a faint whisper in my ear.

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

 Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

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Julie Barbera

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