While searching for an image to use in one of last week’s posts, I came across the image featured on the left. If you own a car, ever driven in a car or walked by a car, it’s one you’re probably familiar with. And from the all knowing Wikipedia, comes this explanation:
The phrase “Objects in mirror are closer than they appear” is a safety warning that is required to be engraved on passenger side mirrors of motor vehicles in the USA. It is present because while these mirrors’ convexity gives them a useful field of view, it also makes objects appear smaller. Since smaller-appearing objects seem farther away than they actually are, a driver might make a maneuver such as a lane change assuming an adjacent vehicle is a safe distance behind, when in fact it is quite a bit closer. The warning serves as a reminder to the driver of this potential problem.
So why the long explanation of a few words on the passenger side mirror of a car? Glad you asked.
For some reason, even though I’ve seen those cautionary words for years, this time when I read them they took on a different meeting. It never dawned on me that I sometimes treat certain things in my life – mostly the fears, worries and the insecurities – like I’m viewing them through the lens of a passenger side mirror. I worry about getting old, being able to manage certain events if they ever happen. I sometimes worry about retirement, about what my house might be worth in 10 years. 10 years! Tomorrow’s not promised to any of us, me included, but I’m visualizing potential problems in my rear view mirror closer, much closer, than they actually are.
I also have a tendency to look at my imperfections/flaws/things I haven’t embraced about myself, through the same convex lens. Treating them as though they are such a part of me, so close to me, that I’ll never shake them.
I’ll go out on a limb here to say that I’m probably not the only one who does this.
So how about we try seeing other things through the convex passenger side mirror from which we sometimes view our life.
How about even on the days we feel tired, or been working on our health/eating/lifestyle, and we slip, we still choose to see optimum health and vitality as closer than they may appear to us in that moment.
Or, the relationships we’ve prayed and prepared for, we see them closer and more clearer than they may appear to us in the moment.
The career, the financial independence, the peace, the faith – the good stuff. All the good stuff.
Let’s choose to see all the good stuff closer than they may appear to us in the moments when they feel the farthest away. That good thing, the good thing you’ve been waiting for, is closer than it appears.