Introspection

We have to stop using the excuse, "that's just me" or "that's just how they are" to accept people with clear material character defects. At some point, "just me" and "just them" needs to become introspective and evolve into something better. 

 Photos by Darrin Baldrige  

Photos by Darrin Baldrige  

I am currently at leadership training for work, and self examining has been a reoccurring topic--surprisingly, I have yet to grow tired of the subject. In my opinion, introspection is important. Often times when we look at ourselves, we see ourselves as what we want to be versus what we really are. I think diving into the layers of our existence and being introspective keeps us honest and helps us identify the areas we need to grow most in. 

I've observed, that it easy for people (myself included) to identify the good in themselves but calling out weaknesses, is another story. Truly looking at ourselves takes courage. I get it, we see mistakes and missed opportunities. But if we remind ourselves that life is a journey and with the right amount of time and pressure, coals can became diamonds- introspection becomes our tool of choice.  **Warning though**, we should be careful with this tool. Sometimes I think I am being introspective and in reality I am being over analytical. We can be our own worst critics, so we have to be conscious that when we self examine we are doing it in a constructive manner.

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Introspection is the examination of one's own conscious thoughts and feelings. In psychology the process of introspection relies exclusively on observation of one's mental state, while in a spiritual context it may refer to the examination of one's soul. To me, being introspective is the act of looking within and self evaluating, I think it's an act that everyone human should practice. 

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No one, I mean no one on this earth is perfect and realizing that is half of the battle. However, as stated above our imperfections are not allowable excuses for us to  repeatedly make poor decisions or to hurt others. So to avoid being a shi%%y complacent person, be a constructive introspective. Constantly ask yourself, "How's my psyche, how's my soul?"