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PICTURE IT WELL: Reflect for growth

Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park, © Curt Given/Given Photography 2010When you want to change things up in your life, personal reflection is a powerful way to do that. According to life coach, Martha Beck, reflecting on a past experience can expand your own awareness about your best and maybe not-so-best qualities. But don't dwell or judge yourself harshly. Just think about what you might have done differently from the perspective of enhancing the best in you or changing what did not serve you well. Then move on by integrating that new understanding into your life.


(Picture it Well are photographs that symbolize some aspect of personal wellness. The brief text is meant to inspire, get you thinking, and/or show you the healing power of nature.)

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Reader Comments (8)

Great advice Becci! It is so important not to judge yourself harshly. We can only reflect upon it in order to move beyond it.

November 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Marie

Thanks for adding your thoughts Diane. And I might add that moving on is also a challenge if we keep replaying what went wrong instead of looking for the proverbial silver lining in every situation.

Nice post Becci. Good reminder to not beat myself up when looking at past experiences.

November 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDebbi

Happy to help, Debbi. I know our emotional well-being becomes much stronger through love and acceptance of ourselves.

Yes, I agree about not judging and accepting. So important. I took a workshop where they taught us to accept completely. To love yourself even when you are in judgment or anger or in selfishness...whatever state we would normally judge as negative. Sounds crazy, but when you do, you realllllllly expand.

November 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLouise

Taking the time to reflect while being compassionate with ourselves is truly a wonderful way to see what was missing the first time so that we are able to do something differently the next. :) Thanks for the reminder and the beautiful image. :)

November 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGladys Diaz

Thanks Louise for expanding on the feeling of self-love. I think we all need a big-big dose during this time of year!

Thanks said it so well. This really needs to be a mainstream message. About the photographs...I am biased, but Given Photography images are so gorgeous! Just viewing them always makes me feel better.

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