If you look very carefully you can see it in their eyes. But your head can’t be sideways and you can’t have your mind on something else.
It’s what you work for as a teacher and as a parent and as a leader. That moment when someone starts to change and become the person you know they can be. The person you’ve been telling them they could be if they would just believe in themselves.
You saw it first. Not them. And that is the hardest part to believe because they have a talent and a gift that you could only dream of. But this is not your show. You are not here for the spotlight. You were put here to help others polish their mirrors. So that they can see themselves clearly for the first time.
How did the mirror get so dirty? How do they ever? No matter. You are going to do whatever you have to, to see that it reveals a true reflection. You are going to do whatever it takes to see that it never becomes dirty again.
Better yet, you are going to make it so that they remember their own reflection and no longer need to look into a mirror to know what they look like and who they are and what they can become.
You also remember that this is not a solo act and that at first they need you right by their side.
So you are there, holding their hand. All the while knowing that they will not know how to react when they truly see themselves for the first time. It is your job to help show them their gift. To help show them what they can become.
And what happens next. Happens every time. In the process of helping someone truly see themselves for the first time you help to polish off another spot on your own mirror that you never knew existed.
Then once again you realize that this is why you do this.
And that this is why it is hard.
Because mirrors get dirty and mirrors get cracked.
But they never lose their ability to reflect.