All of life should be a pattern of being introspective about yourself, your friends, your career, and your children – bottom line you should always be in a place of looking back over every aspect of your life and life’s involvement and make the necessary adjustments required to further your personal mission in life. Being introspective simply means, looking inward and evaluating as well as re-evaluating, choices made and their outcomes, then assessing what you could do better the next time. Sometimes, better means not repeating the same destructive behavior that got you where you are in the first place. Introspection also allows for, no I say it demands, that you forgive yourself and others, so that you can have healthy relationships that span all areas and that you don’t spend your life, unfulfilled, angry, bitter, absolutely no good to yourself or others, because you can’t, I’d even venture to say, you won’t move on and quit living in your past!
Being introspective also means accepting criticism, yes sometimes even the harsh. I am not necessarily suggesting you should own it or walk around in life focused on what people think of you, simply evaluate what’s been said especially if it is something you have heard from several different people. Perfect simple example – if you have heard over and over again you sound just like a duck, subsequently you heard you walk just like a duck and further more you even talk like a duck, maybe there is validity to what is being said, and in actuality you are a duck. The point is don’t always be so quick to defend or deny what is being said about you, simply add that bit of information to the other things you are being introspective about and see if there is room or a need to make any necessary adjustments. You may not have a problem with being associated with a duck, just don’t get upset when labeled as one.
So don’t shun introspection, embrace it!!!