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Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear

Published On August 1, 2010 | By Gypsy | A Slice of Life, Life Balance

The return “home” to the Canadian West – the flat fields of the prairies, the mountain valleys of the west coast – an exercise in ‘filling the loving cup’ through the therapeutic intervention of hairstylists, aestheticians, retail, friends, family and pure, sweet laughter.

Time to make the outsides match the insides.

When I began the “Life from Scratch” tour there was a weariness in my soul that just would not leave me without my standing to face it. It was time to own who I have become.

The face I see in the mirror is different somehow. Clearer. The load has been lifted and there is a new found freedom that is as penetrating as a fine, spring rain; soaking you to the skin, reaching into your bones.

I’ve been on the run. Running from past mistakes, running from past hurt, running from a life that no longer fit, running – to nowhere – to no one. Perhaps it is time to stop running and let myself be loved.

Time to stop making demands and placing conditions on how that might come to be and LET IT BE.

This part of the journey takes me down roads I have walked before, seeing faces I’ve seen a thousand times and yet… it’s completely new. Seen through new eyes.

“Be the change you want to see in the world” – Gandhi was a wise, wise man. When we change on the inside, our world cannot help but change around us.

In looking back we find new information, a new confidant where once there was a competitor, a new vocation where once there was doubt, a  new gift where once there was emptiness, a new avenue to self-discovery where once there was insecurity and pain.

You can run, but you can’t hide. In life, we must come to find being alone, joyful. We must learn to forgive others as well as ourselves it is the only way we will ever be free. One must learn to receive – greatly.

I’m far from perfect. Finding perfection, within that imperfection is the best I can do. Making peace with the past so that one can embrace the PRESENT is as essential as water or bread (“or BACON” says Gypsy…) .

The objects in the rear-view mirror may be closer than they appear and they may just be way more wonderful than you ever imagined.

To this moment, may it be breathtaking.

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About The Author

"Gypsy" is not my real name." A freelance food & travel writer & photographer based in Aylmer, Quebec. Corinna Horton trained at Le Cordon Bleu, spent five years as the owner of Nova Scotia's Dragonfly Inn, and is currently between big, shiny kitchens as she focuses on family and what's next in this delicious life.

3 Responses to Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear

  1. Lou Hart says:

    Anderson, SC, USA
    Cori,
    I have enjoyed reading your chronicles. You have a rare combination of introspect and the ability to put your thoughts and observations into very readable words. I’ve always felt that those words on the mirror meant more than they seemed. You put those thoughts into perfect words. So many times what we run from is exactly what we should be embracing.
    Good luck in your culinary pursuits (my own vocation, by the way). Keep writing and I’ll keep reading!

    • cori says:

      Dear Lou,
      So deeply touched by your sentiment that I find myself… without words (and a little misty). Thank you. Honoured to have you as a reader, truly. The site truly is a labor of love. (More to come!)
      So… whatcha’ cookin? :)
      Best,
      Cori

  2. Kris says:

    Cori — how nice to have had our reunion. My love and stomach travel with you… KJ

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