We are all mirror reflections of what we show the world. This principle has been recognized by all civilizations since ancient times. In the West, it is referred to as the law of reciprocity. In the East, it is referred to as karma.
Jesus summed it up when he told us, “As you sow, so shall you reap.”
Nineteenth-century American Transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson stated it this way in his essay “The Law of Compensation”: “Every act rewards itself . . .”
Sixteenth-century English physicist and mathematician Isaac Newton observed in nature that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. His third law of motion shows that this principle affects everything in the universe, not just human beings.
If you give fear, hate, or anger to another, it will encourage them to respond in kind. If you gossip or speak ill of another, you will attract the same qualities to yourself. It is these types of undisciplined behaviors that inspire the same behavior in others.
If you hold your hand over a flame, it will burn you every time, not just some of the time. The same holds true for the principle that you are a mirror of all things you give. Whatever you show the world will always reflect back to you. This is an unbreakable law. We see the fruitlessness of trying to cheat this law play out everywhere we look, from the classroom to the boardroom to the AA meeting to the world stage.
Turmoil and war and terrorism across the globe are a perfect example of the results you get when you try to cheat that law. Violence begets violence. Hatred begets hatred. They solve nothing. They destroy, deplete and diminish us all. That’s true in the Middle East. That’s true in the USA. That’s true everywhere. If you believe the aphorism – ““the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results” – then you know that our world is lost in madness right now. We need political leaders with the courage and will and vision to break this cycle of insanity, to do everything in their power to stop the violence and heal the hatred. “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.”
What holds true for countries holds true for individuals. Now, I’m not saying that you should accept mistreatment from anyone. I am also assuming that sometimes people have not always treated you well, and that life has not always been fair to you. What I am suggesting is that you have a choice regarding how you act and react once you start your addiction treatment journey towards Full Recovery.
We as individuals have to make the decision for ourselves to not create negativity that will in return bring about more negativity. Whether or not others decide to treat you in a kind way has no bearing on how you treat them. Show others how you want to be treated by treating them in a compassionate and respectful way. And in turn do not let another person’s actions or words depict the type of person you choose to be. Know what you want from life and be a mirror for that in the world every day.