A22078CB-9B8A-40B2-943A-FDE9E97FF8F1“Let us test and examine our ways, and return to the Lord!”
‭‭Lamentations‬ ‭3:40‬ ‭ESV‬‬


Self-reflection is paramount for a person to learn from his/her mistakes and past situations. Ideally, it is a systematic way to learn to be positive and make better decisions. In the process, one distances him/herself from his/her ego and thereby learns to appreciate the qualities that improve one’s self acceptance; and it allows the individual to have better understanding and empathy for others.
Artists often paint self-portraits which helps them “know thyself” and then their ability to capture the essence of others is improved.
My daughter’s most recent self-portrait seems to capture hers perfectly.
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Practicing gratitude means being thankful for what we have to the degree that we feel more kindness toward the world. It can effect positive changes in lives and research shows that people can augment their gratitude by counting their blessings and writing letters of thanks. This proactive acknowledgement can increase well-being, health, and happiness. Being grateful, especially expressing it, is associated with increased optimism, energy, and empathy.