Michael Jackson Made Me “Reflect”

A few weeks ago, I heard the Michael Jackson song “Man in the Mirror” and thought, I should blog on that one day. I listen to the radio maybe five minutes a week (I’m a book on CD girl). So, after hearing the song again earlier this week and again yesterday, I figured today must be the day.

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Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

I’m Starting With The Man In
The Mirror
I’m Asking Him To Change
His Ways
And No Message Could Have
Been Any Clearer
If You Wanna Make The World
A Better Place
Take A Look At Yourself, And
Then Make A Change

Man in the Mirror, written by Glenn Ballard & Siedah Garrett; performed by Michael Jackson

Music speaks to me. It always has. We all have songs that bring us back to a certain place and time. There are songs that serve as inspiration, motivation, or support. Teenage girls listen to certain songs because they need a good cry or it makes them dream of their night in shining armor. In church, I am moved by certain hymns and songs. They speak to my soul.

When I hear “Man in the Mirror” it makes me look inside myself. It is a very powerful song. The choir in the background is stirring – makes you feel like you’re in church. I’m pretty sure that’s the point.

I have struggled with wanting to “make the world a better place” for quite some time. At the end of the day, I want to feel like I’ve helped someone. That whatever job I do, whatever career I choose, makes a difference. Through this blog, I hope I am finally fulfilling that dream. It is my goal to bring the total wellness concept to those who read my posts. If I can bring a healthier lifestyle to someone who thought it was too difficult or provide money-saving tips to someone in debt, I will be happy. If my posts make people reflect on how they treat the environment, I have made a change. If someone deepens their spiritual journey through my Sunday devotionals, then the time invested is worth it. It has been my goal for quite sometime to create a resource for people looking for businesses that will help them reach their wellness goals. Through the national and Hampton Roads-based wellness resource pages, I am making that dream a reality.

As far as “making a change” personally, I know I have flaws. Even as I get older – especially as I get older – I continue to identify and work on the flaws. I know they will never go away completely. They are a part of me, good or bad. That being said, I really do try to work on them and I encourage you to never stop improving yourself. You are never too old to change.

What are your flaws? Do you work on identifying them and improving yourself? Or, are you one of those “That’s just who I am” people? Look in the mirror and smile. Make a vow to be the person you want to be. Little changes can improve your character.

Do you feel inadequate because you want to make a difference but don’t know how? Volunteer once a month to feed the homeless or visit the residents at an assisted living facility. Plant a tree in your backyard. Become more involved at church. Even small things can “make the world a better place.”

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