How self-reflection can help you to be a better person.
Socrates once said, “The unexamined life isn’t worth living” Ever wonder what he meant by that? For me, I know that it is through reflection that I am able to set goals, decide on my morals and realign my goals to my moral objectives in life. As a result, I am happier and more productive than if I just floated through life hoping for the best.
Self-reflection, to me, is an essential Humanist life skill. But if you’ve never done it before, how should you get started? I’m glad you asked. Kelly Bear, who provides character education and anti-bullying educator for school children, has an excellent list of character thoughts to ponder. (see: 52 character thoughts http://www.kellybear.com/TeacherArticles/TeacherTip52.html?goback=%2Egde_1874438_member_239847139)
Now, you might be wondering WHY I am providing a list of thoughts for children to think about here for you, since if you are reading this, you are most likely an adult. The reason is because these are good things to think about for anyone. Age doesn’t matter. What matters is how you think.
If you took one of the 52 character thoughts and pondered one every week for a year and tried to actively manifest that thought in your actions throughout the week, you would probably be a better person at the end of the year.
You would be living more intentionally and ethically and that would feel pretty good.
So, question time, which is your favorite thought and why?