The whole and its parts

The whole & its parts

Where are you?

Self-awareness has been on my agenda for a while.

But what does it mean?

There is no easy answer to this question and even less to what it would mean for me to be self-aware.

The amount of data we are subject to at any given moment is way too much to be able to be aware of it all. The same is true when it comes to being aware of everything one knows, there is no way to establish a cartography that provides a complete overview.

At the same time, there is no way to become self-aware if one doesn’t start with something.

That something is given by gaining an understanding of where one is in a given moment and given situation. It starts with exploring how one’s position relates to the situation. Without such information, it becomes difficult to be present in the situation and thus contribute to one’s self-awareness in the moment.

Four questions allowing for a self-audit I found useful:

  1. What is your personal values base?
  2. What are your personal work preferences?
  3. How self-aware are you?
  4. What is your capacity for communication?

There is no need to make this complicated or to provide perfect answers. The point is more to find a starting point to develop one’s ability of self-awareness and appreciation of what it allows to see.

It’s how a journey to self-awareness will unfold.




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