Archive for November, 2013

Your entire life – 100 years – on a page.

November 13, 2013

This exercise allows you to look at your entire life span in a single image.  It is 100 years (in months) on a single page that you can divide into five phases of your life,  as described below.

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FIVE PHASES of LIFE

  • Phase 1 – Your past. These years are spent and gone. (Have you spent them well or frittered your years away?)
  • Phase 2 – Your Remaining Career Years.  The remaining years you are most productive and engaged in your career.   (Will you spend them well, live with a sense of urgency, or just fritter these years away, also?)
  • Phase 3 – Your Independent Retirement Years – The years after career retirement where you still function well, both mentally and physically. (What to you hope to accomplish with the remainder your life?)
  • Phase 4 – Your Dependent Retirement Years – The final years leading up to your death where you are likely to need assistance (e.g., nursing home, caregiver, etc.)
  • Phase 5 – You Have Passed Away.  You only exist as a memory.  How long do you expect to live, based upon family history, and your condition and conduct?  What is your legacy?

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To help you with this exercise, a completed example is shown below.

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INSTRUCTIONS FOR ILLUSTRATING YOUR LIFE ON A PAGE

1. STARTING WITH THE MONTH YOU WERE BORN, FILL IN THE FIRST LETTER OF EACH MONTH OF THE YEAR, FOR TWO YEARS.

2. MARK THROUGH ALL THE FULL YEARS AND THE MONTHS YOU HAVE LIVED, UP TO THE CURRENT MONTH.  THIS DEFINES THE END OF PHASE 1: THE YEARS YOU HAVE SPENT.

3. MARK  THE YEAR OF YOUR LIFE YOU EXPECT TO RETIRE. THIS DEFINES THE END OF PHASE 2: YOUR REMAINING CAREER YEARS.

4. MARK  THE YEAR OF YOUR LIFE YOU EXPECT TO START NEEDING LIVING ASSISTANCE. THIS DEFINES THE END OF PHASE 3: YOUR INDEPENDENT RETIREMENT YEARS.

5. MARK THE YEAR OF YOUR LIFE YOU EXPECT TO DIE.  THIS DEFINES THE END OF PHASE 4: YOUR DEPENDENT RETIREMENT YEARS PRIOR TO DEATH.

6. MARK THROUGH THE REMAINING YEARS.  THIS DEFINES PHASE 5: YOU HAVE PASSED AWAY AND ONLY EXIST AS A MEMORY.

100 YEARS ON A PAGE INSTRUCTIONS.pdf

I wish you a life well lived.

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