April 21 – Self-Awareness

Self-awareness rises to us out of the depths of our inner mind. From the dark, in our moments of quiet and solitude, we learn who we are. We settle down with ourselves and get truly acquainted. It’s important to be self-aware. Through self-awareness, we become the best versions of ourselves. For if we don’t know who we are, how can we possibly know what we have to offer the world? How do we know what we can achieve if we don’t know our limits, strengths, and talents?

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On the topic of self-awareness, Anne Wilson Schaef writes:

“Probably the most important journey we will ever take is the journey inward. Unless we know who we are, how can we possibly offer what we have?

Each of us is a unique combination of heredity and experiences. No one else has to offer what we have to offer. Yet, if we do not have the self-awareness to undergird our uniqueness, we never make our contribution.

One of the most disastrous effects of our disease is that we never really have the time for the process of self-awareness, and then, when we do, we may be too exhausted to care.”

It’s sad because I am all too familiar with not having time for myself, and when I finally do, being so exhausted that I don’t have the energy to do anything for myself. Not having time or energy for yourself means you are putting yourself last. No one cares about you as much as you do, or at least you should.. If you don’t put yourself first, then nobody will. Taking the time to really get to know yourself is the first step in that process.

Self-awareness lets us know what we aspire to, our hopes and dreams. It teaches us what we care about, what our gifts and talents are, so we can put them out into the world. In getting to know yourself better, you become your own best friend. It’s a necessary part of life that so many of us overlook and often brush aside as unimportant. We’re wrong, though. It’s one of the most important things we can do. If we don’t know ourselves, how can we expect to contribute anything to the world? People who are self-aware have greater control of themselves and their behavior. They live consciously. They make decisions on purpose and direct their lives where they want to go. Don’t you want to live life on purpose? You only get one shot at this. Best to make it count.

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