Last updated: July 29, 2015
Reflection is one of the greatest tools we have as human beings. If there were no reflection, society would not have progressed as far as it has. It could even go back to cavemen burned his or he hand with the fire. He or she took that experience and observed what happened, how or she felt and what to do in the future. That is, of course, one example, however life is more complicated than that. There are so many people living on this planet, and each with their own experiences. That is almost 7 BILLION perspectives! While its clear to say that is next to impossible to analyze each one, the most important thing is to construct your own from as many different perspectives as you can. The reason for that is because your perspective will stay with you forever and will be a constant tool to abide by when making difficult choices. Many of us have heard of the battle between the body and the mind, and the opinion that the physical side is more useful. In contrast, it is almost an unwritten fact that one's mind must be stronger than his or her physical side.
The short prompt by Natalie Goldberg called "Writing down the bones" contains plenty of good messages in it. The first page of the prompt kept stressing the importance of "just doing" something regardless of the outcome-more or less. Goldberg states that eventually you will do better once you have started. I partly agree with that statement, I believe that inspiration gets you started, and determination keeps one going. Inspiration will not always be there for whatever you are doing. The best example of this would be through New Years Resolutions. A person who first decides to get in shape, at that specific time has so much inspiration. However, as days, weeks, and months go by, his or her inspiration eventually fades. This leads to skipping workouts, ruining diet plans etc. If they could do as Goldberg said, and just work through things, the motivation will come back. As a reminder, inspiration comes and goes, motivation and determination should always be there.