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Life Lessons

The Best Self-Reflections
from 108 Bloggers
Abubakar Jamil [www.abubakarjamil.com]

Farnoosh Brock [www.prolificliving.com]

LIFE

A WORD WITH YOU
Self-reflections of the soul define those bittersweet moments in life that resurface now and again, catching us off-guard, showing up unplanned and uninvited, and asking us the
questions we would rather avoid altogether on an otherwise
ordinary day.
What is self-reflection?
Wikipedia says:
“Human self-reflection is the capacity of humans to exercise introspection and the willingness to learn more about their
fundamental nature, purpose and essence.”
What do you wish you had known when you were younger?
What have you learned from the mistakes of your past, from
the choices of your life, and from the roads not taken and
dreams yet to fulfill?
We do not wake up one day and decide to reflect on the
yesterdays of our youth. We instead go with life’s flow until something along the way prompts us to stop and think. In that moment, we realize that before we can plan for more of the
future, it would be wise to learn a little from the past.
Self-reflection does not make an appointment to show up.
It seeps in from the invisible corners of our mind, spills over from the edges of our heart and finds a way to capture our
attention. Self-reflection starts slow but builds up fast. A song, a voice, a smell, a picture, or a mere thought can all trigger the memories buried long ago and bring them to surface faster
than any diver can swim up for air.
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LESSONS

Does self-reflection not realize how busy we are these days? This is not the Stone Age where we would sit around the caves and watch the sunsets or bask in the moonshine—we now
only dream of those activities as exotic vacations!
We are very busy people now. The Internet is here. Did
self-reflection not get the memo? We now have things to do,
stuff to read, people to keep up with and places to explore— even if only on our computer...