Thanks to those who are checking in to follow this site. I invite you to try out the life mapping tools being presented here. They are being presented in a sequence meant to allow you to gradually review where you are at, how you got here, where you appear to be headed, and–if you like–how you can reclaim and manifest your life dream! So start a life mapping journal… This is a sampling of ideas from my book Life Paths (in process of being finalized for marketing / publication). I am traveling until July 8 but I will continue to post regularly on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays (see Weekly Process tab). I apologize if my replies might take a bit longer during this period until July 8. Better Endings to you all, Here/ Now! – Linda
To begin composing a Life Map for yourself, you may start by simply reflecting upon the “shaping” events and situations of your life up to now. The Life Maps Portfolio Handbook, which is a companion self-help Handbook for LIFE PATHS, will provide you with a method for recording these events in a more systematic format than I will give you here, but basically what you can do is make a list!
Ask yourself, what have been some of the most significant events of your life, those that have impacted your life greatly or that have shaped you as the person you are today? I invite you to jot down a bullet list of these events, including a brief account of what each event was about and how it has influenced your life.
Here below is a template you can use to record your shaping events. This is just a heading page; you may write it out for your use.
Everyone is different in terms of how many events you might record. I’ve worked with a 76 year old who recorded only 7 events and with a 21 year-old young man who recorded over 130!
This is not about asking you to remember EVERY significant event from your rich life; there is no absolute or correct list. All you need at this stage is a representative set of kinds of events in your life that have meaningfully influenced who you are today.
Shaping Event How It Has Affected Me
So, this week’s Life Mapping activity is just about composing this list of some of your Significant Life Events. I welcome your insights or questions.
Check back Tuesday for some discussion about this reflective life mapping activity.