June 2015: A One-Week Exercise That Explores a Different Future

So, what would you like to do with your one and only life?

David Richo says: an important path to finding out who we are is knowing what we really want.” He offers the following one-week exercise in his book, Being True to Life: Poetic Paths to Personal Life, (2009). I think that if you don’t know where to start in finding out what you’re all about, this might be a way to begin the exploration process.

To begin: Ask yourself three questions and write your answers in any way that makes sense to you:

  1. What do I want to start doing?
  2. What do I want to stop doing?
  3. What do I want to keep doing?

Look at your entry three days later and revise it if necessary so that each of your responses are authentic—neither too grand nor too minimal.

Two days later, rewrite each answer so that it becomes a challenge to you and is specific about how your life can change to reflect your deepest needs, values, and wishes accurately.

One day later, re-write your responses into poetic lines and empowering affirmations. Place your poem/prose in a place that will be visible to you so you can remind yourself to look for ways to put them into practice.

Shari van Spronsen, MC, RCC

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