Introspection – an observation or examination of one’s own mental and emotional state, mental processes, etc.; the act of looking within oneself.
If you haven’t done this in a while, it might be time to.
Considering all that you can learn about yourself, the act of “looking within” should become second nature. I find it exciting, difficult, and even scary (sounds like a good thriller) to approach the part of your mind and emotions that often get the brunt of your choices.
The key is determining to process the information in a healthy way once you receive it. Which means that you can’t go tell that new guy, after the second date, that you love him just because you “looked within” and figured out he floats your boat. I actually did this once…not quite so bad though; it was the fourth date. Remember…healthy processing.
Learning to understand yourself is a part of maturing and becoming a well-rounded woman. Age doesn’t really have anything to do with it. I’ve known women who are in their 50s and 60s and don’t have a clue about who they are and what their purpose is on this planet. This is sad. On the other hand, I know young women in their 20s who get it; they know how to search their own soul for answers and process the information in the real world with positive results.
“Anybody desirous of success should spend some time in introspection and contemplation.”
Trial and Error
Introspection with a rewarding conclusion is not something that usually just happens. It takes practice. Practice makes perfect; isn’t that what they say? Taking just 10-15 minutes a day to think through your ideas and emotions will bring you closer to a great conclusion than three hours mulling over your pet peeves with your BFF. We must spend time with ourselves…alone. I know you might hate that girl inside of your flesh and bones, but you have to make amends long enough to find her deep motives and intentions (there’s that thriller again).
Be good to yourself. Treat every thought and emotion with respect. After all, they are yours. You wouldn’t ignore and hurt your dog, kids, or your home. Why do you ignore and hurt yourself? Yes, Kellie, why do you? See, even I have trouble doing the right things for myself all the time. That’s why we get together like this on Sundays…to introspect. Share a little of yourself with yourself and with us this week. Be well-be beautiful.
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