“In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion." [The Minotaur]” ― Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays
Introspection is another one of those tricky double edged swords in life.
I think of it like looking in a mirror.
If you don’t take a few moments to look in the mirror before leaving for work in the morning, you might just show up disheveled.
But if you spend an hour in the morning staring into the mirror getting every piece of clothing on just right, you just missed an hour of your day.
We all need to take time to look honestly at the mirrors in our lives (our relationships, our bank accounts, the mirror, the scale) and make the necessary course corrections to get where we want to go. We need to deeply understand ourselves in order to make the most of our strengths in service to others.
But we need to spend more of our time focused outwardly. Looking for others in need of service, in need of the love and warmth that only we can bring.
We weren’t created for ourselves. We were created for service to others. We need to look inward to find out what kind of service, but we need to look out to serve.
Make it a great day.