We can either try to control our environment or take time to control our minds so we are present and accept things the way they are. This is the practice.
Having more clarity and a calmer mind sounds is attainable if we commit to a small amount of time every day to stop, do nothing and train the mind.
Self-reflection comes from taking a little time each day to meditate. This brings a whole gamut of benefits. We are rewarded for taking care of our mind.