I respond to life experiences with awareness and understanding.
During a sporting event, a TV commentator objectively describes what happens on the field, while another provides analysis. My mind works in a similar way. I experience life through my senses—sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch—and my mind gives meaning to what it perceives. I may unconsciously respond to new life events based on past experiences. When I practice self-awareness, I become conscious of both aspects of me. As I smell a flower, I pay attention to my inner analysis: What does it evoke in me? As I speak to someone, I notice my internal reactions. With practice, I see the difference between what happens in the world and my interpretations. Aware of my reactions, I pause before I act. I decide how to respond to life.
Who has put wisdom in the inward parts, or given understanding to the mind?—Job 38:36