When was the last time you set time aside to just reflect on life and your circumstances? When was the last time you were able to sit back and on all of the good you’ve experienced and even the sorrows you’ve endured?
Life isn’t naturally slow anymore, as everything has taken up a quick pace over the years. While I have only experienced living in this day in age, I am still somehow strangely nostalgic for the olden days, where life was simple and quiet. Nowadays, we’re not handed the time to reflect anymore, so it’s important that we create those moments on our own.
I have always been someone who enjoys thinking (sometimes a little too much), and because of that I would love to see my generation slow down and get lost in thought sometimes. We all have incredible minds and I think that not taking the time to reflect on life can almost be dangerous. We get so caught up in the hustle and bustle that we end up becoming numb to pausing and deep thinking. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
Over the past few days I have been thinking about what it means to truly reflect and why it’s important to make it a daily habit. So, why does taking time to reflect matter?
Reflection helps give us proper perspective //
With how busy life can get in today’s day in age, it’s easy for us to become overwhelmed and worked up. Whether we become overwhelmed with huge life circumstances or the smallest mistake, when we take the time to step back and reflect, we can see the bigger picture more clearly. When we get ahold of ourselves and gain perspective, we can then refocus appropriately. Reflection can also give us time to soak in other’s perspectives, as well.
Reflection lets you learn from your past mistakes //
None of us lead perfect lives and sometimes we make mistakes along the way. That’s okay, it happens. Instead of letting these mistakes get you down or hinder you from reaching your potential, reflect on them. Figure out where you went wrong and think of ways you can fix that and avoid those mistakes from happening again. Our mistakes and failures can be huge learning tools, we just have to take the time to reflect on them.
Reflection allows you to get great ideas //
Some of my most great ideas have come from deep times of reflection on life and all it brings. Some ideas are sparked from passions that I have in my heart and other ideas are ignited from pain and suffering. When you set aside time to reflect, you can unlock some of your greatest ideas that are currently hiding away. Don’t you want to let those ideas flow freely? Don’t you want to see the potential your ideas have? Reflection will always be an important step towards success.
Reflections lets you lend a hand to others //
Reflection helps you see past yourself when you need to the most, and that’s a beautiful thing. When you think about what’s going on around you, you can often be brought to the attention of the needs of those you’re around on a regular basis. This gives you opportunity to find ways you can help assist them, even if it’s just by offering them a pep talk or a coffee date. You’ll become more widely aware of those in need when you pause and reflect.
What are some reasons why reflection is important to you? Is it a daily habit you’ve taken up or does it come and go here and there? Tell me about a time reflection has specifically helped you in one way or another. Let’s reflect together, friends!