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October 9, 2013

Positive introspective can be helpful

Ada —

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.

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