Every year at this time, as the hustle and bustle begins to wind down, my thoughts straddle between looking back and looking forward. While I try to stay in the present moment as much as possible, the end of a year and the beginning of a new one has more weight on my mind than just the passing of any other moment, any other day, or any other month during the year.
Reflection is a healthy thing to do at any time; but since most people, and probably most of you reading this, tend to be more reflective this time of year, I thought a post with quotes on reflection would be useful for you in some way.
As you read and reflect, keep in mind that reflection is not just a "looking back" -- it is giving mindful attention to lessons learned from experience and applying them to future growth and well-being -- it is a reinforcement -- a looking inward -- an introspective inquiry with oneself.
After reflection and introspection, go back to living in the present moment. Perhaps you won't need any New Year's Resolutions this year!
"By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest." ~ Confucius
"Education begins the gentleman, but reading, good company and reflection must finish him." ~ John Locke"I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death." ~ Leonardo da Vinci
"The perfect man uses his mind as a mirror. It grasps nothing, it rejects nothing. It receives but does not keep." ~ Chuang tzu
"People usually fail when they are on the verge of success. So give as much care to the end as to the beginning; Then there will be no failure." ~ Lau Tzu
"What the butterfly calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly." ~ Richard Bach
"Between the conception / And the creation / Between the emotion / And the response / Falls the Shadow." ~ T.S. Elliot
"We must be the change we wish to see in the world." ~ Mahatma Gandhi
"What is to give light must endure burning." ~ Viktor Frankl
"Without accepting the fact that everything changes, we cannot find perfect composure. But unfortunately, although it is true, it is difficult for us to accept it. Because we cannot accept the truth of transience, we suffer." ~ D.T. Suzuki"Only this actual moment is life. Don't be attached to the future. Don't worry about things you have to do. Don't think about getting up or taking off to do anything. Don't think about departing." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
Thanks for joining me in 2009 -- I'll be back early in 2010!
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