22-290 Reflections

Today’s Mandala

“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

“Without reflection,
we go blindly on our way,
creating more unintended consequences,
and failing to achieve anything useful.”

— Margaret J. Wheatley

“The way we experience
the world around us
is a direct reflection of the world
within us.”

— Gabrielle Bernstein

Today’s MotD encourages us to regularly pause for self reflection. While any time of day would suffice, the end of the day lends itself well to being the best time. It’s then when we can reflect on our day (via journaling, meditation, quiet contemplation, an evening walk, etc) to ponder such things as:

  • what went well today?
  • what could I have done differently?
  • what unexpected emotions came up today? and why
  • what new thing did I learn (either about myself or from life in general)?
  • what memories came to mind today? what caused it to come up?
  • what could use some improving or changing or eliminating?
  • what new ideas did I receive today?
  • what surprised me today?
  • what was triggered today? and why
  • what new thing did I do today? how did it go?
  • what happened today that left me feeling happy? and why
  • what happened today that left me feeling sad? and why
  • what happened today that left me feeling grateful? and why

As we close out our reflection time, we are encouraged to pick one thing from our reflection list that we can commit to doing differently or building upon for tomorrow.

Here are a couple of other takes on self-reflection questions to ponder from 1) Macgill Davis: 18 Best Daily Self Relection Questions to Improve Your Productivity and 2) Jillian Kurth: 10 Reflection Questions to End Your Day

“Time spent in self-reflection
is never wasted –
it is an intimate date
with yourself.”

— Dr. Paul TP Wong


The Mandala Lady

btw…started with this:

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