I tend to use reflection as a tool to change certain aspects of my life, so that I can be calmer. It also helps me to understand my life better.
I think it is important to reflect on what we’re doing right, what doesn’t work, look at our past to see how we can make improvements and adjustments, so that we continue to improve as individuals, spiritually, physically and emotionally.
Life can be overwhelming. When we use reflection as a tool, we’re able to stand back objectively and take a look at our lives and what we deal with. Hopefully then any problems we have will no longer seem significant, but ones that can be easily managed and rectified.
I believe reflection also helps us learn more about ourselves so that we go on to make better choices. We get to figure out where we’ve gone wrong and what we can do to put our mistakes and our life back on track. Mistakes are a valuable commodity and a learning tool, but unless we understand why we make mistakes, all of this becomes counterproductive.
I also believe that when we reflect on our success we’re more likely to want to celebrate them. It’s easy to be successful and not consciously recognise that we are. Without ever reflecting, we’re more likely to focus on how much we’ve failed at, rather than see how much we’ve been successful at.
I see reflection as a means of us putting our lives back into perspective. That way we’re more likely to stay grounded in many aspects of our lives.