Culture Psychology

The Power of Pause

There are three ways to reflect:

  • Ask a question
  • Experience life
  • Learn something new

Ask a question

Asking a question is the most fundamental act of reflection, but it may also be more potent because questions emerge from curiosity. There’s no such thing as a dumb question as long as the intention is to reflect heavily upon the answer and achieve some clarity even if things remain unclear. Curiosity is at the core of asking questions.

Experience Life

We are the sum of our experience. You only know what you’ve done. But the thirst to know more emerges from thinking about the past and connecting the dots to predict the future. Life’s lessons will pass you buy if you don’t reflect on what you experience.

Learn Something New

The history book and today’s newspaper mean nothing without reflecting on their significance. History tends to repeat itself because people forget the lessons they learned the first time. Learning is a process of evaluation. Information becomes valuable when it can be used to make real-life decisions.


Reflection is the process of seeking application in what we’re curious about, what we experience, and what we learn. The Internet’s information abundance and social network’s distractions make it hard to pause and reflect. But reflection is the only way to make sense of it all, even if things remain uncertain afterward.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.