The Path to Self-Awareness

“The soul is like a bowl of water, and our impression are like the ray of light falling upon the water. When the water is troubled, it appears that the light itself is moved, too, but it isn’t. So, when a person loses their composure, it isn’t their skills and virtues that are troubled, but the spirit in which they exist, and when that spirit calms down so do those things.” -Epictetus

“You messed up a little. Or maybe a lot.

So? That doesn’t change the philosophy that you know. It’s not as if your reasoned choice has permanently abandoned you. Rather, it was you who temporarily abandoned it.

Remember that the tools and aims of our training are unaffected by the turbulence of the moment. Stop. Regain your composure. It’s waiting for you.”

It can be difficult making mistakes and admitting when you’re wrong or have become derailed or misguided on life. However, taking a few deep breaths before moving forward or reacting can be a game changer. It’s also totally okay to admit when you made a mistake. But, learning how to get back on track is important. What are your priorities in life? What do you truly value? Can and how will you swallow your pride?

Many people fear self-assessment because they are worried they have to admit some things about themselves such as potential weaknesses. That makes becoming self-aware impossible.

“It is thought that an animal has self-awareness when it is able to fully recognize itself in a mirror.”

What does it take for us?

People might feel they are “downgrading” some of their beliefs about who they are and the true potential they have in life. However, this is not true. Don’t doubt yourself. Unless you look at yourself in the mirror of truth, you will never be free and true happiness and love will never find you.

Inspired and Quoted by: The Daily Stoic.

Photo by: Jeff Goldberg // Chicago, IL

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