THE VALUE OF SELF REFLECTION THROUGH SILENCE
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!