This comment by Socrates continues to make waves in the lives of people even in our time because it is relevant to man even in the present day. “Unexamined life is not worth living” The life of reflection distinguishes us greatly. It makes us command great respects from others. Once we live a life of reflection we exhibit high moral values which make us acceptable, commands respect and judge desirable by all. Reflecting about one’s life, Wikihow gives this opinion, “Reflection is the art of pondering on one’s virtues and faults. It is also the ability to reflect on the “here and now”, on your feelings and thoughts. This also includes reflecting on the thoughts, emotions and the feelings of others. This can help to improve oneself as you assess and reflect upon the decisions you made in life. Use your reflections as an opportunity to make profound and a constructive or positive change in your life. This may require letting go of some people and retaining others. This will depend greatly on the outcome of your reflections, also on the accuracy and intuitive feelings of these reflections.” If you live a reflective life, your sense of maturity will be high, you will know what to do and what not to do. What to say and what not to say.
Luke 15:17-20 tells us “At last he came to his senses and said, ‘All my father’s hired workers have more than they can eat, and here I am about to starve! I will get up and go to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against God and against you. I am no longer fit to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired workers.”‘ So he got up and started back to his father.” The Prodigal son examined his life and it was only after self-examination that he came back to his senses and returned to his father. He stepped forward to do what he was supposed to do.
Dear child of God, we must constantly examine ourselves. We must reflect on how we conduct ourselves around and the way we do things. If we do not reflect about our lives we will continue to repeat unacceptable mistakes we have done in the past. Psalm 4:4b tells us this, “Tremble with fear and stop sinning; think deeply about this, when you lie in silence on your beds.” Where ever we find ourselves, in our offices, in the religious circle, in the academic world, anywhere at all, let’s have time to reflect on what we do to the society, to our people and to ourselves. Robert Gerzon concludes thus,” Examining our life reveals patterns of behavior. Deeper contemplation yields understanding of the subconscious programming, the powerful mental software that runs our life. Unless we become aware of these patterns, much of our life is unconscious repetition.”
- Take the prayer of St. Benedict in Section A
- Pray for the grace to always examine your life especially with regard to your daily activities.
- Let us pray for those who abuse their positions by the way they live their lives that they make amends.
Exercise: Take sometime today to reflect on your life.
Memory Verse: 2 Corinthians 13:5