The power of pragmatic reflection


I’ve been doing a bit of reflecting recently.

Dawn Paddle. Thomas & Dianne Jones. Creative Commons.

Dawn Paddle. Thomas & Dianne Jones. Creative Commons.

Google defines it as: “(of a surface or body) throw back (heat, light, or sound) without absorbing it.”; “(of a mirror or shiny surface) show an image of.”; “embody or represent (something) in a faithful or appropriate way.”; “(of an action or situation) bring (credit or discredit) to the relevant parties.” Finally as: “think deeply or carefully about.”

It’s the last meaning that I’ve been doing.

This started in late November with a post about the value of Christmas which prompted me to give up blogging until the New Year.

I’ve also been thinking about my own goals in life and what I really want to achieve. Since 1997 I’ve had a list of 10 which I read to myself regularly. Some of them are still very aspirational, others are things I’ve just about managed to do.

Finally, I’ve been considering my portfolio career, which started when I left my employer of 14 years in February 2012 coinciding with my 50th birthday.

What’s my conclusion from all of this?

That reflection can be very helpful for both personal and professional reasons, but what really matters is what it leads to: ACTION.

Alternatively you could become a philosopher of life who considers everything but never does anything concrete, which seems a luxury in our modern era given the impending global challenges that we humans face.

So yes I do want to make a difference, preferably through the vehicle of education where I have specialised for quite a while. Exactly how this will happen is still a bit of a mystery to me, but I’m working on it by making myself stay both pragmatic and reflective.

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