Personal Reflection Exercise: Writing Your Own Eulogy

Posted on November 25, 2007 @ 7:20 am

I think it has been a couple of years now since I took a class on personal development.  It has been the only one I have taken up to this point, but the lessons I learned are still with me.  If you were my friend, you would have witnessed my personal growth over the last few years – many people have noticed the changes. 

The one skill that I would say is responsible for this growth is the eulogies I write each month about myself.  Now, you may think this is kind of weird, but think about it this way:  if you lived your life the way you wanted your eulogy should reflect that.  In this respect, writing a eulogy each month allows you to find your areas that you are doing well, as well as problem areas that you should be working on.

When I was first taught this skill, I was skeptical.  It really didn’t sound like it would work.  But now, a couple years later, you can see my development if you read the eulogies I wrote each month.

How did this all start?

At the class, they showed us some eulogy samples as well as a how to write a eulogy book. The first few I wrote were pretty pathetic, but now, they are really well written. 

I always recommend this method of personal growth to my friends – though I have only had one person actually try it out.  Most people think it is weird, but it has worked for me.

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