Reflection is one of the 12 Virtues that form the core of Ingenium. It is one of the virtues that belongs to the Wisdom Quadrant. It is about reflecting on our past thoughts and decisions and considering how we contributed to our successes and our setbacks. Reflection is a necessary component of developing self-awareness. Reflection helps overcome deflection, which is defined as displacement of concern onto other sources. It is meant to help curb the desire to look at things outside ourselves for avoiding responsibility for our own lives. People often shift focus onto what others are contributing to situations we find ourselves in, and people also look to circumstances for answers to why things are the way they are. What reflection teaches us is that our own thoughts and actions are within our control. The Key to Reflection is called “Focus Within.”
The concept of reflection can be embodied in two questions:
- What am I doing to help my situation?
- What am I doing to hinder my situation?
The Litany affirmation for Reflection:
I consider my own contributions to situations first, instead of seeking focus upon what others contribute. I reflect daily upon my own thoughts and actions without judgment and remind myself to improve. I contemplate all aspects of myself without judgment. I am content with who I am because I am a work in progress. I know that “can be better” does not mean “not good enough.” I am good enough, and that is why I can improve.
The abbreviated Litany is “I focus on my own contributions to situations instead of only finding fault with others.”