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1. Our Life Matters
Click here and print Exercise 1 "My Best and Worst."
Does our Life Matter?
Does our story fit into a bigger picture?
In this lesson, we are going to explore how a Big Picture Perspective enables us to see:
Our Lives Matter
Our choices impact our organizations, relationships, health, and environment. Therefore, we all play an important role in our home, community, and world. No matter what we have been through, no matter what others think of us, our life has value and dignity. Making mistakes does not change our value. Doing good things does not change our value. We are worthy of love and belonging under any condition.
Our perspective can be defined as our point of view. Our perspective affects how we view our situation - our problems - our resources – ourselves - which affects how we see the world and our role in the world.
In a world of diverse human stories, our choices have impact. In the human narrative, we can make choices that create problems. We can also make choices that have the power to create solutions to those problems, big or small. We are part of this bigger narrative.
Our Choices often create SOLUTIONS
Are respectful when frustrated
Help someone in need
Persevere when a task is hard
See the good in someone else
Our Choices often create
Are disrespectful when frustrated
Degrade someone struggling
Give up when a task is difficult
In life, many things are out of our control.
Things go wrong. We make mistakes. When we encounter challenges, there will be things we can change and things we cannot.
We have a Choice
We can choose to THINK CARE ACT with positive intention.
We can choose to THINK CARE ACT with no intention or selfish intention. As a result, we do not grow, and our choices add chaos and hardship to our story.
When we get involved,
creating solutions to the problems around us by choosing to THINK CARE ACT with positive intention, we see our lives have value and dignity, and gain motivation to be a positive contributor.
As a result, we grow INWARDLY & OUTWARDLY and become more caring and capable. Prepared to turn life’s inevitable ups and downs into opportunities to make a positive difference, our story gets better under any circumstance.
A Big Picture Perspective
We do not need our hardships to go away to make our life better. Our story can get better as we grow and choose to turn life’s inevitable ups and downs into opportunities to make a positive difference. Those who intentionally position themselves to view the bigger story, the good, the bad and the ugly, have what we call a Big Picture Perspective. A Big Picture Perspective helps us understand our lives matter. Seeing the positive and negative impact of our choices, helps us gain motivation to become a better version of ourselves and gives us the courage to learn from our mistakes and take the next best step.
A Big Picture Perspective can also help us gain clarity about how we see the world and our role in the world. As we grow, we see that our differences often help us create better solutions. Understanding that our rights, come with responsibilities we are motivated to show respect for others even when we do not agree.