As we start the new year, I believe you are also looking back at what you have achieved during the past year and what you did not. Thinking about the things you wish you could have changed but haven’t had the time or inclination to do so.
According to the words of Charles Dickens (English novelist, of the Victorian era, 1812-1870)
“Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has many-
not on your past misfortunes of which all men have some.”
It is not necessary to beat yourself up about the things that you did not achieve; like the couple of kilos that you intended shedding, or the renovations that should have been done. You can do it differently; by celebrating that which you did accomplish and reflecting on that, that you did not. Through reflection, you will find new understanding of the situation and be able to change it.
The constantly chattering mind, reminds you of all the things that need to be addressed, yearning for a different life or wishing for success. Where you are, and where you want to be, causes unhappiness. It is important to reflect on the cause. Open your heart and mind for new possibilities and invite change.
Different meanings of reflection
- The reflection in a mirror. Look at yourself, does the mirror lie? It sends back the real image of what is before it. Be proud of who you are. You are unique, beautiful, and intelligent. There is only one of you! Walk your talk. Celebrate who you are!
- Reflect – be influenced by something, e.g. “Prices reflect the cost of producing things”. (The Oxford dictionary). Look at how you see things, if you are inclined to be negative, your might experience negativity everywhere you go. Consider how you react to people and circumstances, perhaps then you will understand why they react to you in the way that they do.
- Reflect – to think something over; consider. This is what we need to do to implement change. For me the meaning of reflection in this case is synonymous with introspection (from Wikepedia), “the self-observation and reporting of conscious inner thoughts, desires and sensation.”
How to reflect?
- Find a quiet spot away from distractions.
- Consciously concentrate your thoughts on the issues at hand. Lose yourself in what you want.
- Think things through.
- Have pen and paper at hand to write down solutions as they come.
- Contemplate by asking pertinent questions, like: What does this mean? Why did I want this? Why didn’t I do it? Did I really want it? What are the implications / consequences? How will it affect me or the people around me? Will it make a difference? What can
- I do differently to get what I want? What steps must I take? What resources do I need? How do I deal with the challenges? Do I have time for it? Am I ready to take action?
- When your mind wanders bring it back to your reflection, dismiss interrupting thoughts. Start again.
- Find solutions to the facts before you.
- Thank your inner thoughts for producing answers.
- Take action and create your desired reality.
- Change your thought pattern and become prosperity conscious.
- Believe that you can, and do!
- Focus your energy and find resources to achieve your goal.
- Be content at what you have achieved.
- Forgive yourself for things you did not accomplish. Embrace and celebrate your life, instead of wishing it, to be different!
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