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Is Our Life Just a Mirror?

Is Our Life Just a Mirror?

I recently had to go and get my passport renewed. 

It took me the longest time to find the energy to go as I was dreading the thought of spending hours waiting in the Government Service Centre in order to get my new passport.

As I moaned and procrastinated about this upcoming visit, I suddenly remembered all the information that we had been sharing on our website about being mindful and practicing gratitude. By not actually trying to live this way myself, I thought I was really then just being a big hypocrite.

So I tried to change my thought patterns. 

Rather than dreading the experience, I started to think about the fact that I should be grateful that I have the opportunity to have a passport and travel.  I tried to be mindful and appreciative of the people that are working hard to support me in getting my passport updated. passport

With this in mind, off to the passport office I went.

When I arrived, I was greeted by the most friendliest and accommodating security agent I had ever met.  He welcomed me to the office, asked me how he could help me and directed me to the receiving agent.

When I met the receiving agent – she was a pleasant woman who asked about my travel plans, checked my paperwork and kindly asked me to take a seat.

In less than 45 minutes (notice how I said less – I was just grateful it wasn’t longer) my number was on the board and I was now in front of the passport agent. 

The gentleman that was helping me kindly took the time to explain to me the process and what my timing options were for getting my passport back.  He was extremely helpful, took interest in my file and even thanked me for coming in.

As I left the office I was amazed by my positive experience.  This had to have been the most pleasant service experiences I ever had in a government office.

When I went back to pick up my passport I asked to speak with the Manager of the service centre.  I imagined that their office probably received enough negative complaints so I wanted to share some positive feedback as well.  Unfortunately, the Manager was not available but I did stop to speak with the Security Agent on my way out the door to thank him.

As I was thanking him, the Security Agent said something that I thought was quite profound.  After thanking me for taking the time to share my appreciation with him, he said – “We are just a mirror of you.”

“We are just a mirror of you.”  This thought ran through my mind.  Did my positive experience actually just reflect my new outlook on visiting a government office?  Did the positive attitude that I shared with others just simply reflect back to me?

So maybe by just replacing my preconceived negative thoughts with positive ones I helped to construct this positive experience.  If that’s the case it is certainly worth trying again when I have to go and renew my drivers licence!

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Susan Williams is the Founder of Booming Encore. Being a Boomer herself, Susan loves to discover and share ways to live life to the fullest. She shares her experiences, observations and opinions on living life after 50 and tries to embrace Booming Encore's philosophy of making sure every day matters.