Wednesday’s Wonderings: The Problem with Mirrors

Suzanne Amish, Amish Wisdom, Faith, Family, hospitality, house update, Kitchen remodel, Simple Living, That's Life, Uncategorized, wisdom

Over the last eight months, we’ve been renovating the bathrooms in our house. If you’ve ever done any remodels, you know it’s not a one-person job—lots of coordination is required to keep progress moving forward. Contractor, plumber, electrician, tile guy, counter guy, mirror guy … and of course, the inspectors. The last bathroom was the master bath, and we had a slight slow-down in getting mirrors installed over the sinks.

Here’s what I discovered: I didn’t miss it. In fact, it was nice. Granted, getting my contacts in and make-up took some finagling, but I found it rather refreshing to not have my reflection peering back at me quite so often. Criticizing…judging…finding fault. You know what I mean, don’t you?

Most of the Amish homes I’ve been in have very few mirrors. It’s a misconception that they don’t have them at all—they do. But they’re usually a small round wall mirror over a sink. Big enough to get the job done, but not large enough to ponder the size of one’s midriff. A very appropriate use of a mirror, in God’s eyes. They think of their appearance, but they don’t overthink it.

It brings to mind one of my favorite quotes by C.S. Lewis: “Christians are not to think less of themselves, but to think of themselves less.” That’s what happened when I lived without a bathroom mirror. I thought of myself…less.

The mirror in our master bath is installed now, and I do appreciate not having to run into another room to put in my contact lens. But I also try to catch myself before those judging thoughts get triggered. Instead, I smile, give thanks to God for a healthy body, and move on with my day.