“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest”. Confucius
As the year draws to a close, for me it is always a time of deep reflection. I think about where I started twelve months ago and where I am now. I love to think and sometimes think perhaps a little too hard. But reflecting on one’s life while embracing all the good and the bad is a wonderful way to see the progress you’ve made or failed to make on this journey we call life.
Here are some of my favorite reflections from the past year.
“The air we breathe, the water we drink, and the land we inhabit are not only critical elements in the quality of life we enjoy – they are a reflection of the majesty of our Creator”. - Rick Perry
“I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.” – Thomas Paine
“Without deep reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people”. -Albert Einstein
“The world is a looking glass and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face”. -William Makepeace Thackeray
Just as fall was drawing to a close, I got the last snaps of reflections across my lovely lake, a place I run each day and do much thinking there.
And perhaps my favorite reflection of this year is in this photo….may there be many more wonderful, reflective sunsets that fill my life with joy.
This post is my second entry in this week’s photo challenge: Reflections. To view more, click here.