When I was asked to be a guest columnist, I was pleasantly surprised. While I type words more than I desire at times, I have never been asked to do so for publication. While I spent some time querying about which subject to explore, however briefly it may be for the masses of readers, I found it difficult.
All the asking of myself as what to write about came to no avail. I admit I questioned what readers would think about my choice of subject matter. Then, I thought, what would I think of my choice? Then it hit me like a sledge — Introspection.
Now stick with me. If you look up the word introspection in the numerous and varied reference materials and texts, they will say something similar to, “The examination of one’s own self and the emotions and reactions to different thoughts, events, and general self-inspection.”
Now all the doctors, professors, and geniuses have defined this quite well. You are probably asking yourself, “What does this Introspection thing have to do with me?” Well, if you did just ask yourself what introspection had to do with you, then it obviously does because you just did it. See, you are more philosophical than you may have thought. Everyone, with few exceptions, is introspective, whether they want to believe it or not. Some more than others.
You see, you just can’t help being that way. If you are a living, conscious human being, you introspect. It is an involuntary action on most people’s part while others sit down and purposely do so. It may happen driving down the road or waiting in line or during the time you do whatever that quiet thing you like doing is. It just happens.
When you look into yourself, you may or may not be satisfied with the conclusions of the inspections you have made. However, do not get mired in the despair you may have created for yourself. On the other hand, do not revel in the overzealous, joyous conclusions you may have come to, either. Hopefully, your introspection is on the positive side but not unrealistically so.
One thing in this life is certain and that is change. Change and growth can be great if you harness the positive side of things. If you introspect and find some items you want to change then you have the power to do so. You are your own worst critic. So if introspections reveal things you would like to be different in the future, you will know best what they are.
By now, if you read this far, you want to know what my point to all of this is. My point is that a little more introspection by people might not be such a bad thing. Before you guffaw at me or spit your coffee all over the place, I am not casting the first stone. If you are thinking, well, he has no room to talk, you are correct, and I will be the first to admit it. I am not pointing a finger at anyone personally, professionally, or otherwise, lest three fingers would be pointing back at me. Each of us has our own introspecting to do. All that I am suggesting is the next time you find yourself alone and thinking, having reflections of the past or expectations of the future that you think, “Hey this might be introspective like that guy was talking about. Now how can I benefit from it?”
Shane Jones is a lifelong resident of the Ada area. He graduated from Byng High School and East Central University cum laude with concentrations in Law Enforcement and Sociology. He has been employed by the City of Ada since 1997 and is currently assigned as a Detective in the Investigations Division of the Ada Police Department.