5.4 Values and the Crossroads of Life—Work File
After reading the course resources, answer questions 1-10. (10 points each) Please take time to answer each question completely.
1. Think of a person who has positively influenced your life or for whom you have great admiration. Write down the characteristics that person has/had that you would like to develop. Someone who has positively influenced my life and I have great admiration for is my friend David. David is very ambitious, motivated, friendly, and he stays true to himself no matter what.
2. 15 years from now being surrounded by the most important people in your life. Who are these people and what are they doing? 15 years from now, the most important people in my life will be my friends and my husband. They will all be involved in any healthy activity that makes them happy, and they will have careers that they enjoy.
3. Think about what deeply inspires you and write about this inspiration. Something that deeply inspires me is my dad. My dad passed away when I was 13 and for the first couple of year I didn’t take the loss well and was making choices that were unhealthy for me, now I realize that I should use this loss to inspire and motivate me to do my best because he is always there watching over me and I want to do anything I can to make him proud.
4. List 10 things you love to do. Several of you have indicated that you love to play a musical instrument. That could be one answer. Ten things I love to do are be with my friends, swim, go to the beach, read, watch movies, run, eat healthy, play with animals, be crafty, and help others.
5. If you could study anything you wanted, what would you study? If I could study anything, I would study nutrition and biotechnology.
6. You are facing a tremendously dangerous situation. You have the choice to take the risk or not take this risk. What would motivate you to take this risk?
Examples of possible motivation….money, life of a loved one, fame, and etc.
If I am facing a tremendously dangerous situation, things that would motivate me to take the risk are the life of a loved one, life-long success, and possible medical/technological advances.
7. If you could spend 1 day with anyone who has ever lived, whom would you spend it with, and what would you ask this person?
If I could spend one day with anyone who has ever lived, it would be Buddha. I would ask him how he managed to give up all of his wealth and luxuries to become enlightened.
8. Research about experiences and interests of the person you chose in question seven. Explain the primary appeal and significance of the person to you. Use and list at least 2 non-fiction research sources (For example, “I chose my grandfather because he fought in World War 2. Some of the conditions and requirements of a World War 2 soldier were….”). To me, the significance of Buddha was that he gave up everything that was his for the good of other people. Buddha was born into royalty and had much wealth but when he traveled to the outside world, he saw sickness, old age, death, and poverty. He asked himself how he could live so happily when others were so unhappy, this is what made him give up his wealth and luxuries.
9. Choose two of your favorite quotes or verses and write them here. (“Sticks and stones may hurt my bones, but words can hurt the heart.” Author unknown)
“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” -Dr. Seuss “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” -Mahatma Gandhi
10. Using the information above, write your mission statement. It can take many forms: a song, picture (explain the picture), theme, or collage. Make it uniquely you. A mission statement should be short enough to commit to
memory but contain those points that are important to you.
“Be what inspires you and never let the good out-weight the bad.”