In the academic environment we find ourselves in, the word reflection often carriers a somewhat negative connotation. The word frequently surfaces in the aftermath of disappointing tests, unsuccessful sports fixtures or if you find yourself sitting in S01. It is far too often associated with what could have been better and our failures, rather than the positives. While I don’t deny the importance of reflection for self-improvement, as it is essential to learn from our mistakes, I firmly believe the positive aspects of reflection is crucially undervalued and often neglected.
When I was tasked with delivering this speech, I had to think about the last time I had engaged in reflection. I realised reflection often occurs at seismic events in our lives, often at their conclusion. These events may include a school year, a sporting season or a significant relationship. Yet this shouldn’t be the sole use of reflection. Reflection allows you to truly appreciate moments and be grateful for the experiences we are currently living.
For instance, my recent personal reflection from the weekend revolves around the sheer enjoyment and pride I experiences when our school triumphed over Epsom College in rugby. Upon reflection the singular event was underpinned by countless hours of preparation not just this season but across the teams’ entire RGS career. This recognition made our victory ever sweeter.
Yet, reflection shouldn’t be confined to academia or sport. It is a valuable tool in your personal life. I urge you to reflect on your life outside of school, the people you choose to spend your time with, the significance they hold.
In closing, I hope you can all recognise that reflection isn’t merely a tool for dissecting our flaws, but a means of celebrating our achievements and successes. It can be both long-term and short-term and with half term approaching I recommend you reflect upon what you have been up to recently and the positives you would like to continue into the next half-term.