I've just come back from two and a half weeks in Portugal. Besides getting a little 'sun crisped' in places versus 'sun kissed', I feel very refreshed. The biggest reason was due to my daily walks in the vineyards/orchards behind our house. Every morning I took at least 30-45 minutes to walk in the quiet, relish the space and reflect. On those dirt paths, I let my own soul's dust settle from the wear and tear of the previous months. To reflect is to look back over experiences and then explain or ponder how it makes you feel or what you think about it. You often use it in academics to learn more effectively. I believe reflection helps you gain a different and hopefully a better perspective on things that may feel muddled in the moment.
Two and a half weeks in any one place for a holiday can feel like a long time, but that gives you enough space in the midst of family and the sites to reflect enough to get to the other side.
I also create time and space to reflect on almost a daily basis. Maybe it's because I'm an introvert and without it life feels crowded? Or maybe it's because I need it to be able to move on. I suppose a key to going forward in life is to take time to reflect on what has happened and learn from it.
“Sometimes, you have to look back in order to understand
the things that lie ahead.” ― Yvonne Woon
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