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Dream: Your Life’s Time Line

j0430489I’d like you to get a roll of that brown wrapping paper and starting at one end of your largest room roll it totally across the floor. One end is your birth and one end is your death. Since we know your age at birth, that is a good place to start. With a marker pen start at the beginning of your life and move across the paper noting all the significant events in your life. Do them all – the good and bad Odds are very strong that the good will outweigh the bad. and the kind people you remember will outnumber the cruel.

When you come to your life where you are at now you will probably be about 1/3 across the paper – if more, just add paper and double back. Now think ahead. What will happen next year, 5 years from now, 10 years from now? In reality you are writing your life’s time line or script. Take your time as this is pretty important stuff. Maybe the line can’t all be done in one day. No problem, as you have the whole roll of paper ahead of you.

Visualize your dreams, but put them into a reality paper time line. You will be surprised how easy it comes to you and how life will unfold as you project. The new year is a good time to do this project and should replace the resolutions that get broken. I like this idea better as I probably will never lose those 7 pounds I resolve to lose each year anyway. What do you have to gain in your future. If you live to be 100 (which is not out of the question if you are faithful about taking your vitamins) how will you spend the time? Let me know what you think of the system and if this works for you. Make yourself a very happy 2009!

-Betty Otte, SCORE Orange County
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Discussion (2) Comment

  1. BettyVisitor

    Hi Shea: I did this several years ago and was very faithful about keeping it up. Then the dinosaur that lives in my closet, ate it and I had to start from the beginning again. Was an interesting experience for my head as the second time around the bad wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it was the first time and it put into perspective sequences. One step really prepares us for the next step – as hard as that is to believe sometimes. Shea, good luck with your life line and may 2009 bring you much joy and happiness.

  2. SheaVisitor

    Hi Betty,

    I love this idea. I have been wanting to do this for a couple of years, but haven’t gotten down on the floor and done it.

    I think it’s really hard to see and appreciate where we are now — and recognize that we have actually made pretty great lives for ourselves — when we live in the little, tiny world of task lists, and plans, and tidy, orderly objectives and goals.

    This is a really nice way to see our lives as lives, and not just a list of things to do.

    I’m going to work on it this week. Thank you for the reminder!



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