Wow. It seems weird that I just put November as the date. 2020 has gone by so fast; perhaps faster than any other year yet. It seems like everyday something new is happening in our world and at this point, I just don’t know what to expect anymore. Tomorrow is going to be another day full of twists and turns and I didn’t realize how much I’d been dreading the drama of election day until tonight. My hope is that both parties end their run with grace and dignity, but for some reason I just don’t think that that will be the case. No matter what happens, I hope Americans stick together.
But tonight I want to talk about something else. The election is all we ever hear about anymore, so I’ll leave that to the other social media platforms to fill your newsfeeds.
Every Monday afternoon I have a meeting with my supervisor to discuss personal development, career goals, and performance. If you are familiar with my blog, you know that I PREACH self-reflection on all levels. It is important in relationships, setting and chasing goals, improving mental health, and developing interests. It’s an integral part of navigating trauma and moving forward.
One of the questions that my supervisor asked was, “What would you consider your strengths to be? I have a few thoughts myself that I’ve written down, but I want to know what you think.” It took me a few seconds to think about, but I eventually responded with, “I think a lot. I think a lot about who I am and what I can do to improve.” My supervisor smiled and replied, “Absolutely. That was one thing that I had in mind too.” She then put into words what I couldn’t when she put me on the spot. She proceeded, “You are very self-aware.”
I felt a huge smile well up in my chest. That was quite possibly the biggest compliment that I have ever received. I say that because I have very high standards that I hold myself to and one of the ways that I hold myself accountable is by reflecting deeply and honestly with myself. I get on here and write about deep contemplation and meditation, and it made me so incredibly proud that someone else could find the words to describe the standards that I set for myself.
I like that.
Tonight’s Reflection Quote: