“A human being has so many skins inside, covering the depths of the heart.
We know so many things, but we don’t know ourselves! Why thirty or forty skins
or hides, as thick and hard as an ox’s or bear’s, cover the soul.
Go into your own ground and learn to know yourself there.”
– Meister Eckhart
The only person you can change is yourself. When you choose to transform yourself, you will notice changes in your environment, including in the people who surround you. The world is your mirror, and you create both the negative and the positive situations you encounter.
When you find yourself getting irritated by someone, examine yourself to see whether you harbor the same negative trait that they are manifesting. It requires delving deep. Usually, you will find the answer is yes. You likely possess the same trait in some form or another in yourself.
Self-awareness entails observing your thoughts and actions. One of the best ways to do this is by writing in a journal every day. If you keep putting it off and allow a week to go by without making notes, you may not recall everything.
Keeping notes will help you see the patterns and values you have been harboring all along. Once you can identify these patterns, you can begin to change them if they are not, leading to positive outcomes.
I have shared the story several times of learning to smile and speak with everyone I meet changed my life for the better. Learn the thing you need to become more self-aware and watch your world begin to change around you.\
I would love to hear your story of self-awareness. If you are willing, I will share it on my blog. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Until next time, stay safe, and keep the faith.