In my estimation, reflection is an integral part of life. We have to reflect. Otherwise, life doesn’t make sense. It’s just a jumbled mess, a hodge-podge of random happenings. There is no rhyme, no reason.
Before dusk yesterday, my wife and I took our dog on a walk. When we returned home, we sat on the front porch and watched the sunset. Then, as the colors drained from the sky, we watched the lightning bugs put on their show. Lightning bugs are fascinating little creatures. Whoever created them–genius.
As we sat, we discussed how the week went, the fun we had babysitting, the laughs we shared at the pool, making crafts, riding bikes. We mused on our past month, how life has been since we’ve been back in Indiana, who we still need to talk to, how things have changed, how they’ve stayed the same. Finally, we shared some laughs from our past year, about life in Portland, about fights we had, about memories with friends, about packing the car and moving back.
Life is much different than it was a year ago. It’s much different than it was a month ago. But if we didn’t take time to reflect on it, we might not have noticed. And we might not have had so many laughs.
If you haven’t reflected in a while, go for it. You’ll be glad you did.