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Find the gems in your past

September 8, 2011

A Great Idea…

“Anyone who wants to find a gem must be willing to search for it. Likewise, we find treasures in our life stories when we are willing to dig through the challenges and disappointments to find them. Those who find and cherish the gems in their past are those who live the best lives.” (Family Life Professors, H. Wallace Goddard and James P. Marshall, in their publication The Personal Journey)

In Other Words…

Every life has blessings. They aren’t hard to find when we go looking for them. We may feel a special joy revisiting childhood experiences. We can also look back at the end of every day and discover new treasures. But we may have to dig past some boredom and struggle to find the gems.

How This Applies to You…

What are some of the blessings you have found along life’s path? Write down 10 gems in your past. You may even find radiant gems in times of great pain and challenge.

To Find Out More …

For more great ideas, check out our Navigating Life’s Journey blog

For excellent (and free!) programs on improving your personal well being, check out The Personal Journey and Managing Stress at www.arfamilies.org. To further explore The Personal Journey, look for sets of questions for each site along The Personal Journey. Those questions together with the journaling pages can give you greater gratification in life.

For more information, we recommend Authentic Happiness, by Martin E. P. Seligman.

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