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Notes on Self-Reflection

In the hustle and bustle of daily life, it’s easy to get caught up in the chaos and lose sight of ourselves. But amidst the noise, there lies a simple yet profound practice that has the power to transform our lives: self-reflection.

What is Self-Reflection?

Self-reflection is the art of looking inward, of taking a moment to pause and examine our thoughts, feelings, and actions. It’s about becoming aware of ourselves and our experiences, and gaining insight into who we are and what we want.

Why Self-Reflection Matters

Self-reflection is not just a fleeting moment of introspection; it’s a powerful tool for personal growth and development. By taking the time to reflect on our experiences, we can learn from our mistakes, celebrate our successes, and make better choices in the future.

Real-Life Examples

Imagine you had a disagreement with a friend. Instead of brushing it off or blaming the other person, take a moment to reflect on what happened. Ask yourself why you reacted the way you did, what triggered those emotions, and how you could handle similar situations differently in the future.

Or perhaps you’re feeling stuck in your career. Instead of resigning yourself to dissatisfaction, take some time to reflect on your strengths, passions, and values. Ask yourself what truly matters to you, and how you can align your career with your authentic self.

Quotes to Inspire

  1. “The journey into self-love and self-acceptance must begin with self-examination. Until you take the journey of self-reflection, it is almost impossible to grow or learn in life.” – Iyanla Vanzant
  2. “Self-reflection is the school of wisdom.” – Baltasar Graci├ín
  3. “In solitude, the mind gains strength and learns to lean upon itself.” – Laurence Sterne

How to Practice Self-Reflection

  1. Find a quiet space where you can be alone with your thoughts.
  2. Set aside dedicated time for reflection, whether it’s a few minutes each day or a longer period once a week.
  3. Ask yourself open-ended questions, such as “What am I feeling right now?” or “What can I learn from this experience?”
  4. Write down your thoughts and insights in a journal, or simply reflect silently.
  5. Be gentle with yourself. Self-reflection is not about judgment or criticism; it’s about understanding and growth.


Self-reflection is a journey, not a destination. It’s an ongoing practice that requires patience, compassion, and curiosity. So take a moment to pause, look inward, and discover the incredible potential that lies within you. As the great philosopher Socrates once said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.

Author: Paulinus Pandiangan

Saya seorang Katolik, anak ketiga dari 3 bersaudara, ayah dari tiga anak, orang Batak, saat ini bekerja di sebuah pabrik kelapa sawit di Kalimantan Tengah. Saya dilahirkan pada 8 Januari 1983. Capricorn.

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