The Gift in the Mirror

By Angelina Latin, ’20.

Genesis 1: 27 says, “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”

This year, we are talking about gifts and seeing other people as gifts. However, this actually starts with ourselves and seeing ourselves as gifts. In society, we are pressured to be the best and to have our lives together. Most of the time though, this is not the case. It’s really hard not to compare yourself to other people or to see your beauties instead of your flaws. I know this first hand, as last year I went through a time where I was depressed and struggled with my self-esteem. There was always this little voice in my head saying that I wasn’t good enough or that I didn’t deserve the good things in my life. This led me to do things to myself that looking back now, I regret doing. However, those things made me the person that I am today. Because God helped me through my internal struggles, I now want to become a clinical psychologist, so that people who don’t love themselves see the great qualities that they possess. Even though you may not see it at the time, God does everything for a reason. God created each and every person on this planet in his own likeness. So, in a way, when you insult yourself, you are insulting God because he created you. Everyone has different talents; what you do with those talents is up to you.

Now I propose a challenge. On a piece of paper, write down all of the good things that you love about yourself; put that paper in a place that you always look whether it is in your locker or your bedroom somewhere. Now on a separate piece of paper, pick a person in your life and write down all of the good qualities about them. Give that person your piece of paper; no matter what they are going through in their life, it will brighten their day. As Princess Diana said, “Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.”

  • As you go about your day, here is some food for thought:
    • There’s beauty in just being who you are.
    •  “Love yourself, accept yourself, forgive yourself, and be good to yourself because, without you, the rest of us are without a source of many wonderful things.” -Dr. Leo Buscaglia
    •  “Don’t doubt your value. Don’t run from who you are.”– Aslan