Today is July 1st. We are officially to the half-way point for 2018. CRAZY! I don’t know about you, but the first half of the year has been quite the whirlwind! For me, there have been a lot of awesome opportunities that I have been able to be a part of so far this year. There have been a lot of learning experiences as well! I am so thankful! I really believe it is critical for us at certain points throughout our lives to take the time to reflect. All of us are living busy, fast-paced, and at times, chaotic lives. We are constantly in a state of go, go, and go. Do, do, and do. We never slow down, we never stop, we rarely take the time to think, examine, or reflect. We need to realize the impactful value and importance within our lives of slowing down, stopping, and reflecting. Reflection, self-reflection, specifically, is an ABSOLUTE necessity for personal growth. A necessity to becoming the best version of our self. We need to examine constantly and reflect constantly, the direction we are going with our life. We need to know our personal values. Our personal value. We need to know who and what, we stand for. We need to know what the foundation of our life is. We need to know who we are. Who we want to become. How we want to live out the rest of the life we have been given. We need to make sure we are taking care of ourselves, so that we can help others. Reflection is vital. It provides perspective. It provides insight. We cannot burn the candle at both ends, and expect growth. Expect maturity. Expect change. Expect a different outcome. We cannot be in a constant state of pushing, going, doing. A constant state of being caught in the whirlwinds of life. We need rest, we need reflection, if we desire to become a better version of our self. We need to learn to examine ourselves. Our life. We need to learn to examine our heart. Examine our motives. We need to learn to ask ourselves and others, the difficult questions. The questions we all have, but fear to ask. We need to learn to challenge ourselves. To allow ourselves to be challenged. We need to make sure we are walking down OUR path, and NOT, someone else’s. We need to make sure we are surrounding ourselves with the right people. We need to make sure we know why we are doing what we are doing. We need to know ourselves. We need to know the purpose of our existence. The passion that burns deep within our soul. We need to know our goals, our dreams, and make sure we are in pursuit of them. PLEASE, take the time to slow down! PLEASE, take the time to stop. PLEASE, take the time to reflect. To examine. To question. Explore. Study. To be open. To be willing. To listen. To share. To receive. This life is too short to be going in the wrong direction. Too short to be wasting our gifts, our opportunities. BE HUMBLE. You are NOT so important that you cannot take the time you need for yourself, to slow down, stop, and reflect!