This is a time to assess and reflect. You have been given a golden opportunity, one that doesn’t come by often. It is here for you. Yes YOU!! It’s not here for your neighbor or your friend only. It’s here for everyone on this planet at the same time. Some people have been going through these moments of reflection on their own pace and time. Some, avoided it because they are too afraid of what they will find. Which one will you be? Are you the one that will shrug it off and keep going on your path? Or are you the one that will finally stop and pay attention to the signs staring you right in the face? Which one are you going to be?
Indeed, a time to reflect on everything you know, and experience. A time to venture in areas you haven’t before, whether it was fear-based or lack of interest or unwillingness to disrupt your comfort zone. Maybe you were just caught up in a cycle that you can’t seem to remember your entry point and how you got here. Perhaps there were signs along the way, to show you a glimpse of another life you can be living, but you were waiting for a bigger sign. Well, my dear, you can’t get a bigger sign than the one our planet is living right now. If this doesn’t move you, then I don’t know what will.
Time and Time again, you wished you could have some time alone to think, to feel, to just be present in the moment. Away from all distractions, responsibilities, and obligations. Whether you are into yoga, meditation, prayer, or just taking a walk by yourself in nature, it makes no difference how you access that part of you. What matters is that you do.
Am I happy with where I am in life? Am I the best version of myself? Am I aware who I am?
Am I doing what I love? Does my job fulfill me? Is there something I always wanted to pursue but suppressed it for as long as I remember?
Am I a happy person – period? Am I observing the language I speak of others and myself? Am I thinking positive thoughts or negative thoughts more? Am I depending on external factors, circumstances and other people to make me happy? Am I waiting to be happy – when … this happens or that happens?
Am I concerned with what people think of me? Do I make decisions based on what suits me or am I always trying to please others and follow the rules that have been imposed by my surroundings?
Am I happy in my relationships? Am I fulfilled with my friendships? Am I surrounding myself with people who are like-minded and on the same frequency?
Am I happy in my marriage? Am I being the best wife/ husband I can be – or can I do better? Am I so hung up on my ego – or do I give myself the chance to listen to my partner and see another point of view? Am I always trying to have things my way – or the Highway? Am I saying sorry when I have wronged my partner?
Am I so stuck in my old habits that I won’t allow myself to grow? Do I think I’m always right? And do I behave like such? Am I aware that no matter what I know today, there is always more to learn – until my dying day? Am I the kind of person who feels the need to have an answer for everything even if I don’t really know? Why do I that? What insecurities do I have?
Do I have unresolved emotions from my past? Do I have deeply buried pains – as a result I lash out and express anger and bitterness? Why do I feel like I’m mad at the world? Why am I always trying to find fault in everyone around me? Why am I not confronting myself with my wrong thinking, my wrong doing? Am I able to forgive and let it go for real – or am I just convincing myself and others around me that I have?
Am I taking responsibility for my actions and the words that come out of my mouth? Am I aware that my words are powerful? Am I conscious of being kind towards others, whether in actions, my choice of words or choosing to be kind in silence and not wanting to prove I am right?
Am I aware of the blessings in my life? Am I truly thankful? Am I aspiring to grow and discover a better version of myself each day?
Am I lost? Do I feel drained? Do I truly believe that I have bad luck? Why did I reach this point of despair? Why do I settle for less than I deserve? What makes me think I am not worthy to be loved utterly and completely?
Why am I staying in a relationship with someone that doesn’t help me grow? Why do I accept conditional love from people? Why can’t I break free from all the imposed limitations and boundaries? What is stopping me from finding out who I am – what I want from life and what gives me joy?
Why am I afraid to ask myself these questions? How do I envision my life after the current struggles are over? What changes do I feel I need to make? What will my priorities be? What do I need to do now to prepare myself for the next step?
Who am I? What do I want to do with the rest of my life? How do I want to live? Where do I want to live? When will the right time be – to be me? What will my legacy be?
Reflection time doesn’t always need to be in tough times. Sadly, it is human nature to realize this need when things are shaken and in uncertain times. So, use it to your advantage, and try to incorporate this in your life from now on. Don’t wait for trying times to stop you in your tracks and force you to reflect. Make it a habit. Make it a part of your life. How will you ever know you are on the road meant for you, if you don’t stop and look around once in a while.