Editorial: Reflection before action

On the cover of this edition we’ve pictured a ballet dancer practicing in a studio. Apart from the obvious choice of the view of  the mirror for the theme, we felt this image also told a story of how our reflections can affect our lives.

A dancer watches their reflection so they can gain insight to how they move, how they hold themselves and how they smile  as they glide over the dance floor. Upon seeing their reflection, they look for ways of improving – and they act on it.

Reflection goes hand in hand with action. Without action, a reflection is merely a stagnant view of what is – not what could  be. This reminds me of Harry Potter as he stares into the mirror of Erised, a mirror which only shows the deepest desire of  those who look into it. The name ‘Erised’ is ‘desire’ spelt backwards, as it would be in a mirrored reflection (kids and adults  alike can try out this experiment; click here for more details).

Harry is warned that the mirror of Erised can bring him no happiness; it is simply a view of what he longs for the most, in  Harry’s case an impossible reunion with his dead parents. In the real world, where reflection shows us what is, it is a useful  tool to bring about change, but only if we act on the things we see or discover.

Of course, we don’t need a mirror to reflect. We can reflect on our actions, our words, our life choices, and once we truly  see who we are or our situation, we can make those necessary changes. Our feature article in this edition invites  us to reflect throughout Lent and to act in support of our overseas partners and the amazing work that they are doing  around the world.

International Women’s Day is held on 8 March and to celebrate we interviewed Alison Xamon, a successful and passionate
woman with a powerful story of how reflecting on our past can direct passions into the future.

As Albus Dumbledore says to Harry Potter, the happiest person in the world would look into the mirror of Erised and only see a reflection of themselves as they are. But for the rest of us, some personal reflection is just what we need to guide us through.

Heather Dowling, editor, Revive magazine

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