I've been working in fitness studios for more than 15 years, and because of my "attention to detail" I've always been nominated to clean the mirrors. That's a bunch of mirrors.
To this persnickety cleaner, it is a very satisfying job to have spotless mirrors. But this is a thankless job, because people rarely notice clean mirrors.
People notice mirrors that are dirty. They notice smudges and streaks … the little blemishes that stop their eyes at the mirror's surface, discouraging their vision to move beyond to the reflection. But that's an easy fix. A little glass cleaner and a clean rag, and you're good to go.
I find people often look at themselves this way. Eyes immediately target the blemishes, streaks and imperfections that mar the surface and miss the chance to see more. These "imperfections" and "smudges," which only make up a miniscule amount of the whole, cause us to miss the beauty and accomplishments beyond.
See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.