Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Self Reflection is a Beast

It is very easy to cast judgement on others. We look at our neighbors' lawns and shake our heads at how tall their grass is. We pity those whose marriages fall into ruins and we feel sorry for those unfortunate ones who just can't seem to find love no matter how hard they try.

It really is an effortless act. Without a second thought we lose ourselves in the seeming misery of others. It is much simpler to do that than to take a look at oneself. Rare is the opportunity to face our own demons. We have become a race of good actors. We pretend that our lives are somehow better than others and that our problems don't run as deep.

But what happens when life doesn't fit into a neat little package that we'd all like to wrap with a pretty little bow? There are fortunate individuals who during their lives are confronted with terrible truths and painful ordeals that leave one no choice but to reflect on the past and consider how it affects the present. Those people are fortunate because very loudly life is telling them to shift their thoughts, change their behaviors and be real.

Journey through the darkness and you will get to the light. You just have to free yourself from that which is weighing you down.

According to William Shakespeare, "All the world's a stage, and
all the men and women merely players". That may be true, but
isn't time to be more aggressive with the condition of our lives.
We can stop just existing and going through the motions with
our pretend scripts and preconditioned roles. Life was meant to be lived, not just acted out.

Think about it.


  1. Beautifully written, and thought provoking. Keep up the good work, I am following from TwitterMoms!

  2. Thanks for this post! In the past whenever I tried to avoid mistakes, that's when I made the most.

    I like to reflect on Mattew 7:2 that says we'll be judged in the same way we judge others--and with the same measure. It really helps put judgements (even mental) into perspective.

    Blessings :)


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