Any Suggestions???

Each year I do this story with teens and their parents:

I have them make a list of..

three things that give them comfort, three things that they want to accomplish/goals, three people who are important to them, three things they would do with a million dollars, and three things that mean a lot to them.

And them I begin to tell a story about going on a journey, and at various points along the way, they are forced to give  something up.  It might be in exchange for directions, or to lighten the load when the boat they are on begins to sink, etc.  The story continues until there is only one thing left on their list.

It’s purpose is to prioritize, to recognize how much we accumulate and to really ask the question…..what is most important in my life?  It’s pretty effective, there are always audible groans as we get down to the last few items left on the list.

I begin the story by telling them that at the end of the journey they will have the answer to their question (but I don’t tell them what that question is).  This year I want to change the ending  bit.  I want to say that they find a box and when they open the box it contains a folded paper…..on that paper is written: 

That’s where I need your help……any suggestions?  What can the answer to the question be?  What is the question?  What should that paper read?????


3 thoughts on “Any Suggestions???

  1. sounds Great Andie!
    I don’t know, you could write about treasure…

    New Living Translation (©2007)
    Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

    “the Greatest Treasure in the whole wide world is PEACE WITH GOD”
    (which is the lyrics of a childrens song sung by Colin Buchanan)

    you could have lots of fun…

    I hope you find a solution that fits :O)

  2. Maybe I misunderstood, but I think what you have done in the past was an EXCELLENT illustration of prioritization in life. I am not sure why you want to change that, so I am sure I am misunderstanding what you are trying to do.

  3. life is change, growth is optional- choose wisely (don’t know author)

    In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.”
    Eleanor Roosevelt

    “To live is to choose. But to choose well, you must know who you are and what you stand for, where you want to go and why you want to get there.”
    Kofi Annan


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