Think about it - time for reflection

Your mind can work in many powerful ways. But there’s one aspect that can help you change and order the pattern of your life on a daily basis. It’s your ability to reflect. To reflect is defined by the Oxford dictionary as to “think deeply or carefully about.” In other words it’s the process in which you are able to examine and interpret your experiences in connection with your life and the events around you.

Is there really any value in taking time to reflect? There sure is! Think about it. How easy is it to go through a day rushing to work, getting on with projects, meeting people, socialising and then finish the day with very little thought of how effective and purposeful your day has really been? Before you know it one day becomes a week, a week becomes a month and a month becomes a year. Sometimes we need to put our mental brakes on. We shouldn’t underestimate the benefits of reflection. It’s crucial in that it helps us to integrate natural laws, biblical principles and individual opinions with our own personal experience. Additionally, reflection also helps us to get a wider understanding of matters such as the economic, political and social characteristics of our communities.

“One of the greatest moments in anybody's developing experience is when he no longer tries to hide from himself but determines to get acquainted with himself as he really is .” – Norman Vincent Peale

Taking time to reflect helps us to examine and understand ourselves on a personal level. True reflection puts us face to face with ourselves and dares us to examine our character in view of our strengths and weaknesses. Even if we are confronted with things that challenge us at least we now have the chance to make a choice and take action. And after we take action we should follow it with yet more reflection. James Levin an American educator suggests, “Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.”

So when is the best time to reflect? At the end of a long day when you’re winding down is a good start. At that point you can think about your day, question your actions and consider who and what had an impact on you. Even if you only spend ten or fifteen minutes in reflection it’s worth it. You can contemplate your goals for the day. Did you achieve them or at least make progress? What slowed you down? What motivated you? Did your spiritual life get attention? What about your mind and body? How about your relationships and finances? Did you do your best? How could tomorrow be better? It’s good to clarify your thoughts on paper. Keeping a journal is great because you can always look back on it.

Time for reflection can also be a weekly, monthly or yearly occurrence. It can happen in between or after the completion of a project. Either way to make it a lifestyle practice is a habit that is more than worth it.

God bless and protect

Quote of the week:
“But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.” - Galatians 6:4


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