Reflexive Reflective Refle(x)tion : Think About It

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Warning: I might get a bit metaphysical.

I decided at least once a week I would try some deep thought type blog posts. I’ve been thinking about this roller coaster adventure called my life, both personally and professionally. Let’s just say you would not have recognized the ‘me’ from a decade ago. I was a completely different being all together. I was disorganized, lost, and frankly just floating along the river bumping into whatever crossed my path. I can’t say I had much direction other than moving forward and not backward. I really didn’t have a ‘plan’ so-to-say.

I’m not a very religious person, but do you remember that lil’ story about the guy driving by in his fancy car and a kid throws a brick at his car… it was titled: “Don’t go through life so fast that someone has to throw a brick at you to get your attention!” (Go read it if you’re not familiar with the story) 

Well, I literally had that brick thrown at me. I had to be hospitalized with a severe injury to really have my eyes opened for me

One thing lead to another (more details later) and now here I am on the cusp of attaining my graduate degree in nursing with the hopes of sitting and passing my national Nurse Practitioner certification exam?!

It’s all very surreal. And I was trying to figure out a way to put my thoughts into words. I decided one a week I would pick a point to ponder. It might  be something random, or it could be non-random and on purpose. All I know is that I was a late-bloomer in life, and for some strange reason I was given one heck of second chance. I’d like to think I was meant to be ‘here’ in my ‘here and now’. Had I not made the choices I made, followed the path it lead for me, lost what I lost and gained what I gained I’m almost 100% positive I would not be sitting so pretty.

My life, both personally and professionally, is blooming and ‘booming’ these days. I have an absolutely breathingly-beautiful wife who is the foundation of all things good in my life. I couldn’t have asked for a better partner in life. My place within my career is skyrocketing with my pending degree and new advanced practice role. I have wonderful friends and am loved by a great family. And my health couldn’t be better considering all the stresses I impose upon it.

So I decided to make sure I keep myself grounded and appreciate out loud all of the blessings I have by recognizing and remembering.

By thinking about it.

By Reflecting

Reflection (Thank you to The Free Dictionary):

 re·flec·tion  (r-flkshn)

n.

1. The act of reflecting or the state of being reflected.
2. Something, such as light, radiant heat, sound, or an image, that is reflected.
a. Mental concentration; careful consideration.
b. A thought or an opinion resulting from such consideration.
 
4. An indirect expression of censure or discredit: a reflection on his integrity.
5. A manifestation or result: Her achievements are a reflection of her courage.
 
 

3. careful or long consideration or thought
4. implicit or explicit attribution of discredit or blame
 
Noun 1.
reflection
- a calm, lengthy, intent consideration

cogitation, study – attentive consideration and meditation; “after much cogitation he rejected the offer”
 
consideration – the process of giving careful thought to something
 
meditation, speculation – continuous and profound contemplation or musing on a subject or series of subjects of a deep or abstruse nature; “the habit of meditation is the basis for all real knowledge”
 
meditation – (religion) contemplation of spiritual matters (usually on religious or philosophical subjects)
 
introspection, self-contemplation, self-examination – the contemplation of your own thoughts and desires and conduct
 
retrospect – contemplation of things past; “in retrospect”
  2. reflection- the phenomenon of a propagating wave (light or sound) being thrown back from a surface

physical phenomenon – a natural phenomenon involving the physical properties of matter and energy
 
flare – am unwanted reflection in an optical system (or the fogging of an image that is caused by such a reflection)
 
interreflection – reciprocal reflection between two reflecting surfaces; “there was interreflection between the two surfaces of the lens”
 
virtual image – a reflected optical image (as seen in a plane mirror)
 
zodiacal light – a luminous tract in the sky; a reflection of sunlight from cosmic dust in the plane of the ecliptic; visible just before sunrise and just after sunset
  3.
reflection
- expression without words; “tears are an expression of grief”; “the pulse is a reflection of the heart’s condition”

lamentation, mourning – the passionate and demonstrative activity of expressing grief
 
demo, demonstration – a visual presentation showing how something works; “the lecture was accompanied by dramatic demonstrations”; “the lecturer shot off a pistol as a demonstration of the startle response”
 
act – a manifestation of insincerity; “he put on quite an act for her benefit”
 
ebullition, effusion, outburst, blowup, gush – an unrestrained expression of emotion
  4.
reflection
- a likeness in which left and right are reversed

alikeness, likeness, similitude – similarity in appearance or character or nature between persons or things; “man created God in his own likeness”
  5. reflection- the image of something as reflected by a mirror (or other reflective material); “he studied his reflection in the mirror”

ikon, picture, icon, image – a visual representation (of an object or scene or person or abstraction) produced on a surface; “they showed us the pictures of their wedding”; “a movie is a series of images projected so rapidly that the eye integrates them”
  6. reflection- (mathematics) a transformation in which the direction of one axis is reversed

math, mathematics, maths – a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement
 
transformation – (mathematics) a function that changes the position or direction of the axes of a coordinate system
  7. reflection- a remark expressing careful consideration

comment, remark, input – a statement that expresses a personal opinion or belief or adds information; “from time to time she contributed a personal comment on his account”
  8. reflection- the ability to reflect beams or rays

physical property – any property used to characterize matter and energy and their interactions
 
echo, reverberation, sound reflection, replication – the repetition of a sound resulting from reflection of the sound waves; “she could hear echoes of her own footsteps”
 
echo – a reflected television or radio or radar beam

 reflection

noun

1. image, echo, counterpart, likeness, mirror image Meg stared at her reflection in the mirror.
2. sending back, mirroring, throwing back, casting back the reflection of a beam of light off a mirror
3. indication, evidence, display, demonstration, proof, manifestation, attestation a reflection of a person’s experiences as a child
4. criticism, censure, slur, reproach, imputation, derogation, aspersion Infection with head lice is no reflection on personal hygiene.

plural noun

thoughts, feeling, idea, view, opinion, belief, impression, viewpoint a series of reflections on death

 

I think you got the point. I plan on posing an interesting ‘thought’ or ‘topic’ and then I’ll “think about it”, and maybe even ask you to ‘think about it’.

Heck I may even take a que from the Flight of the Concords:

Ohhhh c’mon. You know I had to end this on a funny. As always I hope you stick around for the conversation. Thanks for being a part of my journey. 

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