Emergence being a coalescence of many things becoming more alike, then coming forth in a new way means we have unlimited opportunities to improve or reconfigure ourselves. Though we many not always want to recognize it we are already changing every day. Each time we emerge from a doorway, or come to the surface after a time underwater, or rise to an occasion we emerge as a different person, since everything we see, feel, and experience changes us in ways we may not recognize. If one wishes to feel respect and liking for oneself we’d like these miniscule changes to be for the better. That cannot happen, though, unless we’re willing to actually look at ourselves and see, really see, what the latest emergence has wrought. Self-evaluation is a valuable tool and one to be honed and practiced constantly until it becomes habit and is done without effort. There is no way to be sure that we are learning in a mindful way unless we choose to look at our actions and reactions and understand where both have come from. We may not want to change a thing most times, but there are those times that we’ve wished we had said something differently or not said anything at all. Or we wish we had seen something in particular but were looking down. Or wish we had given comfort or taken some. Regrets are the easiest way to know you’d like to change something so that the next time you emerge from a funk or an argument or an emotionally charged moment you’ll know where you’d like to place your efforts what efforts you’d like to make before the next emergence. None of us are perfect and none of us will get there, but making an effort to emerge from our all too common sleeping wakefulness can engage our interest and our potential. Wouldn’t you rather make an effort at emerging from unconscious life than stay there?