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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Reflection Of The Past Is Necessary For Future Progress

"Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all of this." -Apostle Paul

I've been on a real history binge as of late. In my study, I have been looking at the lives of influential historical figures, societies, cultures, empires, and people groups. You've probably heard the saying that history repeats itself and also the saying, there is nothing new under the sun. Each individual has access to crucial information that can help them in their journey through life. External sources of this information is great, but many times we fail to see the rich database of our own experience. Its almost automatic to go through life these days without coming up for air to see how far you have personally come. The older I get, I am learning the importance of taking a pause and making conscious effort to think about what has transpired in my life so far. What have been my successes, failures, greatest moments of joy, darkest periods, how I have changed, what has remained the same, what needs to be updated, and what needs to be discarded. These are just a few of the many critical questions one must answer in order to keep progressing accurately, lest we get trapped on the proverbial "hampster wheel" of unconscious existence. I find that inner reflection helps me stay true to who I am, my values, and provides a quiet strength that helps me brave the mercurial terrain of my present moment and future. In short, REFLECT MORE OFTEN.

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