Greek philosopher Aristotle once said: “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” He was right, of course. But in the midst of our seemingly busy lives, how often do we have the time to understand ourselves? And when we do get the time, we probably end up analysing others’ lives through the bright screens of our smartphones.
Let’s take a moment and keep those gizmos aside. Let’s now try to analyse our own lives… Not easy, is it? It takes time and consistent effort to introspect. But is it really important to know ourselves like the detailed pages of a book? In order to answer that, imagine this: how would it be to live with someone you barely know? And, what if that someone is you? If that doesn’t make it imperative to know ourselves well, nothing else will.
When bogged down by life’s problems, most of us tend to turn to friends or loved ones. “Why is this happening to me? What do you think is wrong with me?” we ask of them. It is only natural to take advice from friends and family. Support from our loved ones can certainly help us move forward. But they might not necessarily know what is best for us. It is entirely up to us to look within and figure that out.
Introspection is a deliberate act. It is not something that comes naturally to a person as we always want to believe that we are on the right track.
Irrespective of the time of the year, introspection is a good idea. It’s what helps us become a better version of ourselves.