Tuesday, January 2, 2018

weekly theme :: REFLECTION


Author: Sifu Matt Carver

Life can only be understood backwards, 
but it must be lived forwards. 
 – Kierkegaard

A lady looks into the mirror seeing her reflection smiling back. A man sits by the fire and reflects on the years that have past and cannot be relived. The still lake holds the reflection of the moon on her surface. The idea of reflection is multilayered. Thinking about things that have happened in the past (reflecting on their deeds) and the bouncing off of light/heat from a surface (a reflection in the mirror) are to name just a few.

As we move into another new year, we say goodbye to the past and welcome a future of hope and improvement. 

Reflecting back on the choices we have made in the past year, we gain a more rounded view of the time and the effects our choices have brought. Making better choices is important whilst walking this path of renewal and recovery. Our actions should be a reflection of our thoughts and our thoughts should reflect our actions. But, we must reflect on these past outcomes before we can alter our future choices.

The most common celebrations of ancient times involved reflection and revolved around the harvest festivals of autumn. Perhaps it was out of fear and reverence as the days grew darker and shorter, and the natural world began to die away. It was an important time because what was done in earnest during this time laid the seeds for the spring to come in the future. This is the meaning of reflection: take inventory of the past to reinvigorate the seeds of the future.

The Chinese offer us another image of reflection encapsulated in the teachings of the I Ching. In China, a large platform elevated into the sky was used as a lookout, glimpsing both ahead and behind. As we know, if you are high up, you can see far. However, there is a cost to being able to see behind and ahead. The cost is that everyone can see you better as well. Thus, the only way that we can improve our world is to improve ourselves. The only way to lead others in a positive way is to reflect deeply on our own lives and make an impact there. Obtain a better view and look within.

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