To Advance, First Retreat*
Flying through life on autopilot can not only cause you to repeat both serious and silly mistakes, it can, with time, deprive you of joy. Fortunately, there is a life skill that helps switch off that robotic mindset freeing you to become tuned in to how you are actually living your life. Then you can make changes—while there is still the time and relational goodwill to make them happen.
That life skill is simply called REFLECTION. Merged with prayer and solitude, it supercharges growth and accelerates the development of wisdom. It’s also simple to implement. It consists of deliberately glancing back and grabbing the important lesson from the past in order to make better decisions in the future. The ancient Greeks saw a lot of wisdom in this. Socrates said, ”The unexamined life is not worth living.” Aristotle followed that observation with one of his own: “The unplanned life is not worth examining.”
Due to the sheer velocity of life, few people regularly carve out time to evaluate the quality of their decisions and the direction of their lives. I have been trying to do this, and I challenge you to do the same. I REALLY started to do this intentionally at age 50. It has made a huge difference! In fact, I think benchmark birthdays (30, 40, 50…) are a great time to take inventory, but don’t wait until then, start now and do it daily. We will all be the better for it!
We ought not to look back, unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience. ~ George Washington
No one plans to fail, rather they often fail to plan. ~ Lt. Col. Kenneth W. Hurt, USAF Retired, War Planner
*taken from 40 Days to a Joy Filled Life by Tommy Newberry
-Dr. Michael Hurt, CMO