Inner Growth Word of the Day: Contradiction
Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (n.) 2 a. a proposition, statement, or phrase that asserts or implies both the truth and falsity of something. 2 b. a statement or phrase whose parts contradict each other. 3 a. logical incongruity. 3 b. a situation in which inherent factors, actions, or propositions are inconsistent or contrary to one another.
Contradiction in a sentence: A contradiction in what you say and do is an inconsistency that holds a hidden message to uncover.
Contradiction in action: If you do one thing, but say another that is a contradiction.
Contradiction and inner growth: A contradiction enacted by you gives you room for exploration in what you think, say and/or do because you are the one who puts the opposite into action, or even if not the exact opposite, you do something that goes against another thing you said or thought. This type of insight into yourself allows you to find the truth of what you believe, think or say regarding the specific incident where contradiction was present. Inner growth is obtained as you reach the truth of these thoughts and beliefs and put them into action too, therefore removing your contradictions.
Contradiction and inner growth action steps:
- In-depth self-exploration questions: What is my definition of a contradiction? Do I believe both parts of a contradiction cannot possibly be true? What have I learned about myself from my contradictions? When did I start noticing contradictions in my life? How have contradictions affected my relationships? When was the first time I noticed contradiction in someone else?
- List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with contradiction at the center and then list or put around it all the other words that come to mind associated with it. Now make a second list with three words that represent three incidents where you contradicted yourself. Write about those three incidents by using the words from your first list.
- Bring your awareness to your feelings about contradiction and allow those feelings to flow from head to toe; don’t think, just feel. Focus on the most obvious feeling that stands out as you are letting those emotions flow. When you’re ready keep the stronger feeling present and allow thoughts to come in, notice what you think about first and see where that thought brings you with your feelings.
Your turn – Share your contradiction sentence, life examples, and inner growth action steps; and let me know if you’d like to see something added to our Inner Growth Word of The Day explorations 🙂