One of the more difficult things in life is honestly looking in the mirror. We all want a mirror that distorts our true self, that makes us thinner and better looking. Yet seeing ourselves as we are, not as we wish we were might be the single biggest key to growth, maturity, productivity, and wisdom. If we are to grow we must know who we are, not who we think we are. To be productive, we must understand our skills and not think too highly of them or too lowly of them.
But most of us are like the cat in the picture above. We look in the mirror and what looks back is not reality, but our pride telling us we are better than we are. This is dangerous. Take our feline friend, since he thinks he is a lion he is going to out and attack the rottweiler next door and get torn into pieces. Most Americans think how they feel dictates how things really are. It is hard to imagine a more foolish way of living. Here is why you have a bunch of fools running around thinking they are wise, middle aged men believing they are sixteen, a twenty-two year old believing she has the wisdom of a sixty year old, fifty year old women thinking they are 25, and internet readers believing they know better than trained doctors. Just like that cat in the picture, when you are all by yourself it seems right. But then reality sets in. You are not a lion. You are small domesticated tabby cat. You are not that hip. You are really a slightly overweight middle aged man whose life is half over. You are not a sexy 25 year old. You are forty with wrinkles and sagging body parts. You are not that wonderful mature person who everyone should listen to. You are really a fool with little wisdom to offer.