Week 22A Master Key Adventure

THE VALUE OF SELF REFLECTION THROUGH SILENCE

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 In my silent time this week , I asked myself questions so I could learn something new or delve deeper in an area so I can grow.   Here  are some  of the questions I asked myself in my silence and the answers and conclusions I received.

1. What is my biggest asset?        I believe it is my attitude.

My positive attitude allows me to see the problems in my life differently.  I don’t allow them to get me down or distract me from what I believe is important.  It encourages me to continually cultivate a positive attitude and  the best thing I can do for others is to speak positively into their lives, let them know I believe in them, and encourage them in their journey.

2.What is my biggest Liability.    Unrealistic expectations.

I have had trouble with this personally in myself.  Expecting too much of myself and then feeling badly when I did not meet that expectation.

What I have learned is, Modifying my expectations to be realistic has allowed myself freedom to grow and set realistic goals for success.

3. What is my most worthwhile Emotion?        I believe the most worthwhile emotion is love.

This helps me grow?  Love is a choice, and it often requires effort.  So to love other as I would like to do, I must intentionally choose to love people every day.

4.What is my least worthwhile Emotion?        The least attractive emotion for me, or anybody,   is self-pity.  It is destructive and self serving.

In Earth and Alter, By Eugene H.  Peterson says,

Pity is one of the most noblest emotion available to human beings:self-pity is the most ignoble.

 Pity is the capacity to enter into the pain of another in order to do something about it. ; self-pity is an incapacity, a crippling emotional disease that severely distorts our perception of reality.

 Pity discovers the need in others for love and healing and then fashions speech and action that bring strength; self-pity reduces the universe to a personal wound that is displayed as proof of significance.

 Pity is adrenaline for acts of mercy; self-pity is a narcotic that leaves its addicts wasted and derelict.

Knowing the negative effects of self-pity reminds me I want to avoid it completely!  It cannot help me, it will always harm me.

I will continue to ask questions in my silent times so I can continue to dig deeper and grow stronger.  May we all continue to grow upward and onward!

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