We seem to always be moving so quickly, full speed ahead. At least I do, there is so much I want to accomplish. And the older I get the more I realize it just doesn’t seem like there will ever be enough time to do everything I want to do, go everywhere I want to go and learn everything I want to learn. The result is often that life gets rushed and we can lose perspective.
Taking the time to reflect helps put things in perspective. If we become overwhelmed by a challenging life circumstance or even a small mistake, when we take the time to stop and reflect, we can usually see the bigger picture more clearly. Reflection gives us the ability to think through what went wrong so we avoid making the same mistakes. Will the situation really matter in 1 year, 2 years, or can we simply say to ourselves “this too will pass”? Reflection helps us refocus our attention on what really matters. And it’s important to look at mistakes as learning stepping stones.
Sometimes our best ideas come from taking the time to slow down and reflect on our mistakes, successes and where we want to go from here. It’s hard to be creative if you are always in a hurry. Reflection isn’t something you can multi-task. When was the last time you slowed down enough to really enjoy the journey, and figure out what is important to you today? Take the time to reflect, you will be glad you did.