It can take a crisis to lead some people to self-reflection. For Vic Strecher, it was the death of his daughter. For Neeta Bhushan, it was the realization her life could be in danger in an abusive marriage.
A shot across the bow isn’t mandatory. Wayne Curtis simply came to appreciate the benefits of quiet thinking time on long walks, but for many, aversion to change and fear of the unknown keep us from being self-reflective. We might choose to keep busy and distracted until we’re shaken awake by life.
Reflection can help us find and live our purpose
Strecher, a professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, has had a long, successful career as a behavioral scientist but when his daughter, Julia, died in 2010, he realized he’d lost his purpose.
Julia received a heart transplant when she was a baby, then a second transplant when she was 9,