94 – Reflection *

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Click the video above for 2 minutes of background waves while reading.

I like walking on the beach. It is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

Today is a bright and sunny afternoon. As I walk past shells, sunlight reflecting off their glossy inner surface directs glimmers that catch my eye. I can also see beams of light reflecting off the water. I’m confident that as the sun lowers, a streak of reflected light will display a sparkle across the water.

If the sky remains clear after the dark of night arrives, I imagine moonlight beams providing a streak of reflecting light on the water. I chuckle at the thought because the moon does not produce light, but reflects light from the sun that will be shining on people elsewhere during my night.

I think about how we use mirrors in our life. Mirrors – those smooth surfaces of coated glass reflecting light so we can see a reversed image. The most obvious is the bathroom mirror that allows us to see ourselves for many reasons.

Other mirrors in our homes serve as decorative reflections. Three mirrors in our vehicles increase the driver’s awareness of their surroundings while keeping their heads relatively forward. We use shaped and positioned mirrors in parking garages to see around a corner. The same is true in many stores.

Sounds reflect off surfaces – even as echoes. We notice the difference in the sound quality of a concert in a large sports arena to one in a concert hall. After all, engineers designed these grand halls to maximize sound quality while minimizing echoes.

I think about sonar and radar that work on the same principles of reflection as mirrors and sound. That is, the angle of incoming waves is equal to the angle of outgoing reflection.

As a science teacher, I knew the English teachers emphasized reflective writing. They told me that reflective writing is the foundation of all writing. That is, writing documenting thoughts and feelings. I would counter by asking about writing to convey information, writing to offer solutions, writing for persuasion because no boss wanted to know my feelings. They said we science teachers should teach that type of writing. I countered that if I was qualified to teach writing, there would be less need for English teachers.

I think about the importance and role of reflective writings as a journal and a diary. Both have a place and can be useful tools for a person.

I think about the professional reflections I did for myself. As a lesson designer, I filled every lesson with notes for improvement for the next time. My method of immediately documenting was something I did for continuous improvement. They were reflections based on my observations of comments and actions of students and colleagues.

Reflections have many purposes – self-improvement, learning, analysis, evaluation, communication, and yes – even examining feelings. There is no one-size-fits-all method, process, or even set rules for reflections. Honest engagement is probably the most important aspect.

I always remember these words from a professional mentor: “To think about what you are thinking about.”

Maybe the simplest reflection is recalling memories. But for me, reflection is more than simple recall because there must be an added perceptive of relative context, purpose, and examination.

Now I wonder: Are my beach walks a series of reflections? After all, the beach environment relaxes and stimulates my brain for deep thoughts – to think about what I’m thinking about. I say yes. Others say not – but that’s OK.

Deep personal reflection is important as a time for self-examination, introspection, and guiding progress. In this sense, the beach walks are not personal reflections. Then again, that’s also OK.

From time to time, Beach Walk Reflections will include random personal reflections from my past – possibly focusing on a less specialized topic – Walks with a title as Reflections followed by a number.

No matter how simple or complex, reflection is worth thinking about – and the beach is as good a place as any for them. Whether these walks are reflections does not take away the fact that I like walking on the beach because it is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

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142 thoughts on “94 – Reflection *”

  1. A superb article Frank, and thank you for the music/video .. I’ve added it to my playlist .. a very moving piece Frank ..
    Mirrors are a fascinating source of imagination in reflecting how we visualise the world around us ..

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    1. Ivor,
      Mirrors have a big roll in our life, including something as simple as decorative. Then again, many of the ones I like aren’t cheap! Glad you enjoyed the music. I selected it because I see many personal reflections in the video – plus I really like it. The first time I saw it, I knew I had to use it.

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  2. A reflection of reflections reminds me of those mirrored rooms, Frank, where the reflections seem to go on forever. Mind-blowing if you can allow yourself the time to reflect on it! 🙂

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    1. Tom,
      I’m with you about mirrored rooms. I recall visiting a friend where I found their visitors small toilet room had a series of mirrors that provided that forever effect – and the room seemed much larger than it was. I caught myself looking into its depth. Fascinating. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Forestwood,
      Cheers to the beach being a good place for reflections. I can’t recall, but how close are you to the beach? Good to see you again – which is also a reminder that I need to visit – and thanks for posting your Sunday Reflections that perfectly fit my theme. 🙂

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          1. We are along the coast north of Brisbane, Australia. The surfing beaches are a bit further north than our location. We have a large island off the coast- Moreton Island which subdues the biggest surfing waves, which I am pretty happy about. Even though I am am Aussie, I am no fan of large dumping beach break waves. A 13 hour drive means you are far, far inland. So I guess you don’t see the beach too often?

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  3. That is a wonderful theme… and walk, my friend and Janet’s photos are beautiful. When on the beach reflections is always what captures my attention and they are also wonderful embankment for meditation.
    Yamas, Frank! 🍷

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    1. Marina,
      Thanks for your kind words and support. There simply something about the beach that relaxes the mind enough to open it up to reflections. Then again, it is also a place to ponder when the mind is heavy. Glad you enjoyed Janet’s wonderful photos, Yamas!

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  4. I love reflections of all sorts–as you know, Frank. I imagine that during walks, and then in reflecting about walks, you are definitely reflecting on many thoughts, including personal feelings, moments, and memories.

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    1. Merril,
      I know you know the power of reflections and use them in your writings. Thanks for answer my question because I see these beach walks as reflections. I’m still amazed how deep the mind can go when given the chance – but I must say that it’s not always easy. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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  5. A very thought-provoking post. People are reflections of their surroundings and other people. But in order to reflect we must first shine. Some burn more brightly than others. How incredible if we could only see ourselves as others do and act accordingly. What a different world we would live in.

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    1. Pam,
      Thanks for sharing because I know you are a reflective person. “Seeing ourselves as others do” is an interesting thought and worth considering even more. Agree – that would change behaviors because we have a tendency to focus on seeing the opposite view – that is, seeing others in our light. Then again, we humans are a selfish lot.

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  6. I love reflections, Frank, and you have shared some wonderful thoughts about the multiple reflections in our lives.

    I’ve been following Janet for years, and her photography is always wonderful to look at. I’m surprise didn’t see the Bean 😉

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    1. Dan,
      Glad you enjoyed this and see the beach walks as reflective. I just recalled one of the most powerful reflections I experienced in my teaching days. I had but teaching for a dozen years or so. Fortunately, I attended my share of professional conferences. I recall being Louisville when the light went off in my head – Oh! I’ve done a good job of doing it wrong! – and I immediately embarked on changing my teaching philosophy – something that seldom happens in that profession. Cheers to you for being a long-time follower of Janet and her photos. Hope you had a good Thanksgiving.

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  7. It struck me as I was reading your post on reflections that very few people pause to reflect these days. I think some of the problems we face today could be improved if everyone would take a moment and reflect on the question, “What have I done to improve life today?” The reflection would start with a self focus of improving one’s own life but eventually turn to the environment or others since the question would need to be answered everyday. Well, we both know it will never happen but it was nice to reflect on the subject. Excellent post , Frank.

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    1. John,
      Thanks for sharing your thoughtful comment. You may be onto something! You got me thinking, and I quickly thought how so many people focus on themselves and their view of the world. Being cemented in one thought certainly inhibits reflection. On a broader sense (and you elude to it), reflection can be applied to all aspects of one’s life. Thanks again, John.

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              1. I do. It’s tough when you know someone for your entire adult life and you KNOW you have to cut the ties. But friendships are like anything else. When it doesn’t work any longer, it just doesn’t work any longer.

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  8. Lovely post, Frank. And Janet’s images were perfect!
    I love reflections as a photographer and as a writer. Both allow me to express my thoughts about things as I see them, through the frame, the words all a reflection of my life’s learnings up till now.

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      1. Frank! I forgot to thank you for the link to my post! How very kind of you.
        And yes. It seams I’m not particularly good at fiction unless there is a bit of truth that sparked it 🙂

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  9. Reflecting on reflections Frank – very clever! I loved the “think about what you’re thinking about” advice. I often do that to myself when I go down a rathole rather than blissfully fall asleep at night. I shall remember those words!

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  10. Thanks for featuring my photos, Frank. I enjoyed reading your thoughts and reflecting on them. 🙂 I think it’s really important to try take control of your thoughts. That applies to what you watch or read too because your thoughts tend to go towards those things and it’s difficult to get them out, so it pays to monitor what you put into your mind.

    Cheers!

    janet

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    1. Janet,
      My pleasure hosting your photos, and as you always do, you came through! A big THANK YOU for your willingness to share with me. Let me know if you see other topics. Wonderful thoughts about what we let get into our brain. Given so much info flying around these days, the danger is the self-imposed filter of only accepting what one what’s to hear. Oh boy … big trouble. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Great images Janet! I enjoyed your thoughts on reflections Frank. When walking on the beach it is an amazing time to think, reflect, observe and simply enjoy the moment. I am in need of a beach fix! …but I must say, my favorite is that song! Wow! I even searched to make sure I was correct, father and son, and the father is blind. Absolutely beautiful video and words ❤

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    1. Lisa,
      Glad you enjoyed the combination of Janet’s photos and my words. Oh yes – the beach is a wonderful place to reflect. Well, it works for me. 😉 Andrea Bocelli is a world-class singer. I still recall my first exposure to him – seeing him perform with Sarah Brightman on TV. That was a big WOW! The first time I saw this video I knew I wanted to use it … but then this topic came to me – and perfecto … well, at least in my opinion. Thanks for watching it and letting me know because I take pride in my selections.

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  12. Reflections take time, slow down our thinking, our vision, our hearing. I remembered when I learned that mirrors show things farther away they are. So, in a way they slow down what we see. What a shock when we cut in to quickly in traffic because of what we see in the mirror. We listen for the echoes to slowly repeat what we’ve said. A great teaching and learning technique as well as a way of listening to someone. I taught echoing and mirroring when I taught cognitive or reflective coaching principles. Your musical selection was fabulous, Frank, just gorgeous, and Janet’s pictures were the perfect accompaniment to your reflections. Loved this post. 🙂

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    1. Marsha,
      Personal reflection is deep and meaning. I like the idea of reflection slowing us down. You examples are good because it is applicable across all aspects of life! Cheers to Janet’s wonderful photo offerings to this walk. Glad you enjoyed them and my musical selection by the Bocellis.

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  13. Interesting thoughts on kinds of writing, Frank. My sister teaches geology at a college and she says she has to teach her students how to write lab reports logically, with precision, clarity and economy. Too often they go off on reflective tangents, and add too many unnecessary words. Seems like there is another time and place for reflections. Yes, beaches are perfect places for reflections!

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    1. Barbara,
      THANK YOU for reinforcing my thoughts through the words of your sister. She’s right on! I can still hear one colleague in my head, “I want to know how they feel and I want to feel their emotions.” Although it has a place, GAG! OK … I need to calm down. 😉 …. Thanks for sharing!!!!

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  14. Mirrors are more fun than television 😀

    I was taught scientific writing at university and it does very much exclude reflection. We were instructed to write almost exclusively in third-person passive, which can be very dry, impersonal and dull. But if you’re writing a scientific paper it does need to as objective, factual and neutral in tone as possible.

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    1. Steve,
      Thank you for your excellent example regarding scientific writing. Yes, dry impoersonal and dull because it’s all about the facts. Now, the conclusion should include elements of persuasion. Interesting that you mentioned passive voice because there are aspects of technical writing that are active. However, it is not flowery and emotional. Meanwhile, I imagine your photography side loves mirrors!

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  15. Most interesting, Frank. I tend to think of ‘reflection’ as the property of casting back something for us to see, much like a mirror. But you’ve captured LOTS of interesting nuances of the word ‘reflection’ — many I hadn’t immediately thought of. Yeah, I love learning something new in the morning!

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    1. Thanks so much Frank for inviting me to visit. I try hard to visit other blogs as well as commenting and liking them too. But even how hard I try, I still miss on seeing some blogs. These are very beautiful words and thanks for the music … I love A Bocelli!

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      1. Teresa,
        Visting others is monumentally difficult, so each of us must pick and choose while balancing our blog life with in-person life – so many thanks for stopping by. Hope you enjoyed Janet’s images, and I’m glad you enjoyed the music. I take pride in the music at the end of each walk, so you made me smile. 🙂

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    1. Resa,
      Glad you enjoyed Janet’s fine images that she willing shared with me. Cheers to you for being aware of her skills. Thanks for the kind words about this walk. I actually see this is a way of setting up future posts that are more reflective rather than topic specific. This Bocellis song is wonder – and yes – the video was the icing on the reflective cake.

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  16. It was neat to see you grab reflection in so many ways. Sound, silence, mirrors. echos and of course personal reflection. Kudos to your teacher in encouraging that. I am so reflective in everything I do and hope people find my blog impressions…reflections of both my life and my journeys.

    One interesting note that I didn’t consider when “reflecting”. My husband was a Sonor Technician. His ears and the reflections back to him were everything.

    And PS. I loved that you used Janet’s photos. She is a great blogging friend that I love following. She doesn’t live tooo far from me, about an hour. We love sharing where each other is off too. Donna

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    1. Donna,
      Thanks for sharing a bit of reflection’s importance in your life. It is unquestionably applicable to many aspects of life! As I note in the post, I see each beach walk as a reflection. Glad you enjoyed Janet’s photos and wow – love noting that the two of you are connected. She’s been visiting here for a long time (I started in Oct 2020) – and we’ve collaborated multiple times. See the Honor Roll tab/page, which will give the links to the walks with Janet’s photos. If you are interested in collaborating, see the Collaborators tab/page. If not, that’s ok … no pressure. … and thanks for sharing about Hubby, and sonar is all about reflection.

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  17. This is such an interesting post, Frank. The role reflection plays in our lives really does invite us to pay attention, to externals as well as personal reflection. While reading your beautiful words I felt myself drawn to the memory of those times I’ve been transfixed by the power of the sea.

    I think the moon reflected in the ocean is so beautiful and mesmerizing that when we’re fortunate enough to experience that special opportunity, it’s a natural invitation to go inward, and peacefully ask ourselves the questions that lead to meaningful reflective thought.

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  18. I love this post, Frank. It’s got everything, science, music, ELA, plus it’s always ready to match to topics posted by other challenges. I looked at your list of topics as I created my new list for next year.

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    1. Marsha,
      Thank you for the kind words. Reflection is a big word, so I tried to capture its depth. However, it also setup some future walks that has me thinking about aspects of life – so they well have titles as Reflections v2, Reflections v3, etc. In terms of your topics for 2022, be on the lookout for an email.

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