Everybody knows the story of Narcissus. He falls in love with his own reflection in the river and wants to stare at it constantly. This angers the gods, so they turn him into a flower. This part is well known, but the story continues in a lesser-known way.
Eons pass, and the gods start to wonder if they had been unfair to Narcissus. To resolve this, they send one of them to the same river.
The god asks the river, “Was Narcissus too beautiful?”
The river replies, “I remember him, but I don’t know about his beauty. I merely watched my reflection in his eyes.”
We always wonder about how we appear in the eyes of others, yet this mirror is personal.
Newspaper tests, astrology, and other people cannot determine whether or not we are jealous, lazy, or generous. At best, they can only confirm what we already know.
Let us look into the mirror with our own eyes. Our parents’ eyes are not objective, for example, because they try to see us in the way that they want us to be. The eyes of our other loved ones are also subjective. They are directive and critical, to the extent of being judgmental.
Yet our own eyes are not like this. They are not the prosecutor—they are the lawyer. They are the devil on your shoulder 🙂
As long as you experience whatever pleases you, let it be, even if it’s a mistake. At most, like Narcissus, you will say, “I didn’t know any better back then.”