Self Awareness is not an Oxymoron

If you’ve ever been lost in the woods or forest, it can be a harrowing, memorable and seemingly never-ending experience.  Upon being found, many of us miss that oh so important and fleeting moment of reflection about the experience; what led to its occurrence, what perpetuated it and what just might prevent it from occurring again.

At times, life can be very much like the forest, so there is ample merit in taking the time and making the effort to look more deeply into this metaphor of living.

For those who have really became lost in the woods, the single, most important, yet least obvious aspect or consideration about it, relates to not having a reference point, landmark or “marker” to serve as a homing device of sorts as you travel through the forest, and your life.

Moving through the woods, one quickly realizes that not only do nearly all the trees eventually appear the same, but as a result, it is equally difficult to discern which direction you are traveling and/or whether you are traveling in a straight line, or perhaps in circles.

Using an easily identifiable “marker” can greatly assist in traveling heavily forested land and prevent one from becoming lost.  A mountain, a waterfall, perhaps an abandoned cabin along the way, could all be used to reference your journey through unfamiliar, uncharted or perhaps even unfriendly environment.

Life can be equally challenging and likewise, present equally unfamiliar, uncharted and unfriendly circumstances, events and people.  If one is to avoid becoming lost and remain on a path toward a destination, without distractions while maintaining a safe journey, possessing a reliable reference point is paramount.

Self awareness is essential toward fulfilling a successful life and journey, yet so unassuming in nature that many people do not comprehend its importance and never take the time to recognize, develop and acquire it.  More importantly, it is something that can only be known as a result of personal initiative and effort.  Accordingly, it cannot be given, purchased, taken or inherited; indeed, it must be discovered!

The life-sustaining molecules of self-awareness include knowledge of personal skills, interests, likes and dislikes, strengths and weaknesses and preferences; yet, none as steeped in structure, essential in decision-making and critical to reaching your potential as a human being and Child of God, as values.

In reality, we do not choose our values, but rather, they choose us.  Our core values manifest themselves and become visible to the world via our thoughts, actions, behaviors and ultimately habits.  Self-awareness is the process that unlocks these values and enables them to become known by us.

Devoid of self-awareness, and consequently, core values, our lives become as a ship adrift in the sea of life, absent a rudder, sails and compass.

The questions begging to be therefore asked and likewise answered are, “Who are You?” and “What do you Believe?”


About MW Cerkas

Compassion for People, Passion for Writing, Living my Conscience; "Look for the Good, Always" Positive, Creative, Seasoned Writer, Leader, Marketer, Authentic Spirit, Entrepreneur. Continuously seeking the GOOD in others and how to HELP them. Paying it Forward, Preparing for Eternity. Be well!

Posted on September 5, 2012, in Personal Growth, Philosophy, Truths, Videos and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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