Yikes! We’re back at work after the holidays. I myself had a great holiday in Indonesia, revisiting many of the places we lived in more than 10 years ago, revelling in renewed connections with friends and acquaintances we hadn’t seen for years and generally just ‘remembering’ the atmosphere. It was a time of great reflection.
Sue reminded us in the last edition of Update, of the importance of ‘finding the time and space to be’.
Did you know that ‘reflection’ is regarded by coaches in business as an essential part of business success? Yes, they say, knowledge plays an important role in productivity and prosperity of businesses, and ‘doing’ is fundamental, but reflection on the ‘hows’ and ‘whys’ of the actions leads to achieving goals. Educational reformer, John Dewey says ‘We do not learn from experience … we learn from reflecting’ on experiences.
In our hustling, bustling world, it’s so easy to get caught up in the mundane activities of emails, text messages, reports – we could go on and on. Combine this with family duties – kids to sport, the orthodontist, shopping … OK you get the picture!
However, it could be argued that reflection is imperative, but that self-reflection is even more crucial, and at times more painful. It’s serious thought about our character and actions, our beliefs and purpose.
Are we game to do it? Our self-reflections will be imperfect but what a future!
1 Corinthians 13:12: For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.