For many, self-reflection is a painful process. We are conditioned to push aside all the painful memories and emotions and lock them away never to be seen again. But that's the problem...they never truly go away until you accept them as part of your journey. Changing how you deal with these painful experiences is no easy task. But if life was easy...would you ever make changes towards growth? The trees choose to change every year and every spring are even more beautiful than before because of it. Those that do not change, struggle over the winter and dull their beauty come time to bloom.
This is also true for us. When you resist change, you feel that you are struggling in life and that reflects in your outward appearance, health, and overall happiness. Change is necessary. It may cost you the creature comforts of distractions. Distractions come in many forms, such as people, possessions, and mind altering substances. We welcome these distractions in our life as they take the spotlight off of ourselves and our problems. You can go through life constantly distracted and never truly take the time for self-reflection and growth. Growth exists in the moment when you are consciously willing to pay the price of freedom. That price may be letting go of someone you care about or to quit smoking. Whatever your distraction may be, it keeps you from recognizing areas in your life that need your attention.
Give yourself your undivided attention and finally reflect on your life and how far you have come and where you want to go. It's your journey and you control the outcome. Stay the same dull tree or grow into a tall standing bountiful tree that people are in awe of every time they walk by. It's up to you.