While visiting an inmate serving a robbery sentence, a visitor reported to his incarcerated friend how another man was recently arrested for robbing a house and killing the family who lived there. “You know,” the inmate said, “it's people like that who give robbery a bad name.” As Shakespeare wrote, "He hath ever but slenderly known himself." (King Lear)
The outward aspect of awareness is simply proximity. "Who" is doing "what" around you?
- Why do I do what I do?
- Where are my comfort zones and where do I draw the line?
- Do I start what I finish? If not, why? What fears or frustrations hold me back?
- What emotion seems to be most prevalent in my life? Do I operate mostly out of fear, jealousy, anger, courage? Do I shrink back from trying new things?
- What beliefs are behind those emotions? Why do I believe as I do?
- What are the benefits of these emotions for myself and others?
- What might I need to change or replace, starting with my beliefs?
- What would it be like if doing hard things were easy?
- What would it take for me to not just stay in the fight but crush it?
- How will I take care of myself and contribute to others?
“Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil. Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” [Eph 4:25-32 ESV]
Work things out in a journal, one day at a time, one thing at a time.