Did you know that March 29 is the unofficial smoke and mirrors holiday? Neither did I., And yes, I had to Google it. This unofficial holiday celebrates magic.
Smoke and mirrors is a phrase used to describe things or actions that are deceptive, manipulative or lack complete explanation.
Well, that is a rather devious definition. It makes magic sound dark.
Behind the Curtain
When I think of smoke and mirrors, I think of The Wizard of Oz. In the end, when Toto reveals a wizard is a man with no actual magic, smoke, or mirrors. That was an example of smoke and mirrors that was deceiving, much like the definition states.
Even though the wizard is a charlatan, he tries to help get her home. However, that didn’t work out either. So, it wasn’t true magic that brought Dorothy and Toto home. But, she believed it would work, which was a belief in herself that she could get out of that situation.
Smoke and Mirrors
Is there a time or circumstance when smoke and mirrors aren’t about deceit or manipulation? I think so. Magic provides entertainment, giving us the illusion that there is something special in the world. And for that moment, we get to be a part of it, seeing something fresh.
It is a rare and unique gift when someone offers you the opportunity to see behind the curtain. And when they do, don’t shy away. It can be hard to know the reality of things, but only by seeing things for what they are can you truly choose your path.
Shards of Yourself
There are moments in life when the smoke clears and the glass shatters, and you are left there, standing amid your reality. Whether it was one of your making or someone else’s, it is where you are with no deception, no filter.
Where are you? Who are you? Do you like where and who you are?
On that day, do not scramble to pick up the broken shards of the mirror and wish for the quiet comfort of the smoke. Instead, lift your head, and straighten your shoulders. Accept the challenge.