#SelfReflectionSaturday: What are 5 things that your past self would love about your current self?
Written by JAMM on October 21, 2023
At its heart, self-reflection is setting aside time to think deeply and evaluate your thoughts, attitudes, motivations, and desires. It’s examining your emotions and behaviors and then asking yourself, “Why do I feel and act this way?”
Taking the time to reflect on life might sound like an overwhelming task. We might think of this act of introspection as something that naturally occurs as we grow older, but the truth is self-reflection can and should be practiced at any age. And it can be as simple as looking back at your behavior in any scenario to ask yourself why you behaved the way you did.
Self-reflection builds self-awareness, but only through intention and dedication. This means you must regularly press “pause” on your busy life to create time and space to sit peacefully to sift through your thoughts and interactions to scrutinize them without judgment or condemnation.
When we understand our influences, drives, and impulses, we’ll have an easier time living a happy, fulfilling life. And the key to understanding yourself is self-reflection: the process of looking inward and examining our emotional responses and behaviors.
Being confronted with who we are is often uncomfortable. It means holding ourselves accountable, admitting to weaknesses, and trying to further our personal development. Sometimes, it seems easier to ignore anything potentially negative about ourselves.
Set aside some time on Sweetest Day 2023 for yourself. Recognize how far you have come and celbrate trials you have overcome. Then, ponder on what things you can work on within yourself that will propel you into your future.