When it's good to be Scrooge

I woke up this morning feeling like Scrooge on Christmas morning in the Christmas Carol by Charles Dickins. My dreams  from last night and introspection from yesterday had shown some of the destruction that my ego created. But, when I woke up, the bad things that happened in my dreams had not yet happened in my life. Upon quick assessment, bridges have not yet been burned. It was not too late. What a relief. What a blessing.

So now I get the true value of introspection. I am aware of my destructive behavioral pattern and I get the chance to change it before I have done irrevocable damage. I do not have to let this pattern run its full course of destroying a relationship or losing an awesome opportunity.

This is the primary value of introspection, self-help, psychotherapy, or any personal practice. The fact that it yields results or "plants corn." It actually makes a significant difference in your life.

Does your personal practice plant corn? Your practice (or discipline) could be psychotherapy, journaling, reading self-help books, meditation, yoga, praying, or fly fishing. But if it is not planting corn or yielding results- you might not be doing it right.

But do not scrap your personal practice. There is usually just a two percent change in your practice that allows it to yield results. You can explore where the break-down happens and make the adjustment.  You deserve to get the full value from the time and energy that you invest in yourself.

The self-awareness generated by your practice ought to allow you to wake up and still have the opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.

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