Lauren Scott, blogging as LScott Poetry, posted a poem titled Worst Critic, which inspired this post.

I looked into a mirror

Not satisfied,

I bought a new mirror


I demanded a refund

Now, I look into the eyes

Of my loved ones

Fully satisfied

That’s all the mirror

I need 🙂

****** Copyright @ Eric Alagan ******


      1. Well, basically we probably do something like that..although there are those who say we choose our compliment…like red to our green 😉

    1. Hello Joshua,

      Thank you and yes, what matters most is what our loved ones think of us. Many wear a mask for public consumption but behave boorishly at home. Sad, I reckon.

      All good wishes,

  1. Elegant as always, Mr. Alagan. Concise and spot on. Speaking of spots and gleaming pates, the other day I chanced to peer at the backside of my head and was shocked to find how little hair resided there. Best not do that again.

    And yet, as you beautifully stated, it remains the eyes of our loved ones who ‘see’ us for us and that is what matters. Sometimes I wake up in the morning and feel ‘ugly’ but then my Beloved would say, “You’re so handsome”, and then everything is fine with the world.

    Thank you for sharing your ‘inspired’ post.

    Take care, my friend, and have a splendid weekend!
    Paul 🙂 🙂 🙂

    1. Thinning hair on the back, dear Paul

      Thank goodness, we don’t have eyes in the back. But what’s that snigger we hear behind us 🙂

      Yes, that’s lovely, when your beloved says how handsome you are. It works for me too, when my love says that and gives added zest to the day.

      Thank you, Paul, for being the friend that you are and all good wishes,
      Eric 🙂

  2. Quite delightful and so true especially as we age. It is almost as thorough the image in the mirror worsens as the image in the eyes of those we love intensifies with longevity.
    Talking of images, I commend your new picture – it seems much clearer and, perhaps, larger will do well in front of a mirror. It reminds me that I need to update mine that baby is now a talking walking little person.
    Cheerio, Jane

    1. That’s true, Jane dear,

      As our true loves love us more, the mirror on the wall grows envious and does its worst, it seems.

      Mirror mirror on the wall, so I know what gave birth to that tale.

      Larger image means all can see my sprouting horn – right temple 👿

      But not too shabby for a 59 year-old, even if I say so myself 🙂


    1. Hello Celestine,

      Thank you and – noble – well, that’s the first time anyone ever used that word to describe moi 🙂

      Handsome – hey, I can live with that 🙂

      After two years, I decided to upload a new image – one taken in January 2014.


  3. That’s beautiful. That’s definitely the kind of mirror I’d rather have. She can tell you if your hair is messed up too, even better than a mirror. 🙂

    1. Very true, David

      We point out to one another when hair is dishevelled, the occasional speck on the lips during a meal and so forth. Of course, for this mirror to work, one should be looking at one’s love – not eyeing someone else.

      All good wishes,

    1. Hello PennyG,

      Sorry that it took me some time to get around to replying but life was keeping me busy 🙂

      This is all the mirror one truly needs, I reckon.

      All good wishes,

  4. Loved ones are the only ones who really count, as you say, and funnily enough, they are the ones we try hardest to please when they the most easily saifisfied with us the way we are 🙂

    1. Hello Jane dear,

      Very true that some try hardest to please those most easily satisfied.

      I know of many women who go on about their diet and spend thousands to lose weight. But the husbands love their wives the way they are – round and huggable. Interestingly, some women don’t buy that – strange, I reckon.

      Take it from a man – clash of bones is okay when we were young. But most of us men love our women round and huggable 🙂


    1. A bad-hair day – taken literally, that is a problem that does not affect most men. LOL

      But you’re right – look into the eyes of a loved one and add a spring to your day 🙂

    1. Hello Ian,

      I knew this will find great favour with you – a solid family man with married daughters and all. Our loved ones, really, are the only ones who count, I reckon.

      Have a great weekend,

    1. Ah yes, mirrors are most times so politically incorrect – just like weighing scales 🙂

      I’m balding (that picture on the left was taken in January 2014) and I have a warning sign outside my door.

      “Wear shades – due to glare”


    1. “…worry about as well.”

      LOL! Yes, I suppose you’re right – agreed 🙂

      I know a friend – pot-bellied – he has only half mirrors in his house.

      Ignorance, you’re so blissful 🙂


    1. Thank you Aparna,

      Its more important how our loved ones view us – rather than how we view ourselves, I reckon.

      Have a great weekend 🙂

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