Reflecting on oneself, one’s attitudes and behaviors, and one’s relationships with others is often not easy, but it is something that we must do to mature as a human being.
Sometimes, self-reflection occurs and we do not even know it is happening. For example, have you ever been treated a way displeasing to you by someone else and then say to yourself, “Wow, I will never treat someone else that way because I don’t like being treated that way”? That is reflection.
Harder reflection lies in sitting down – maybe in a bath, with a cup of tea, or both – and actively thinking about your life. How do you talk to other people? How are your relationships with friends, family, colleagues, etc.? Are you taking enough time for yourself and for your mental and physical health? These are but a few of the myriad of topics you could think about when reflecting.
You may still be wondering, though: why is this so important? Why does this warrant a complete article to itself? Here is why:
We at Fuzzable have committed ourselves to reflection as of late, and it has only reaped benefits. If you never reflect, you will never grow. This could lead to your health deteriorating, or it could to strained relationships with others.
In addition to this, though, you are constantly experiencing new things. You are constantly aging and learning. This means there are constantly new memories, people, and things on which to reflect. Take time, even if once a week or once every two weeks, to sit down and reflect. This goes hand-in-hand with taking rest time for your mental sanity, but it’s a different layer to that. It’s more active.
In conclusion, the importance of self-reflection lies in bettering oneself. We must note before we finish this article, though, that there is a fine line between reflecting to better oneself and leaning into disliking oneself. Reflect to grow, and know that the reflection is there for a reason. It is there for you to learn from it. If you see something in yourself that you do not like – an attitude, a behavior, a troublesome relationship, etc. – you are realizing it so that you can change it. Never forget that reflection is rooted in love.
Do you find yourself reflecting on yourself, your life, and on your relationships with others? What have you learned? Comment below and tweet us @Fuzzable with all of your insights and opinions!