It’s Final Exam Week!
I just finished giving my Abnormal Psych
students their final exam for the semester
and it got me to thinking about when the last
time was I had to sit and take a final exam and
if I ever would have to sit for one again.
Which got me to thinking “Wouldn’t it be
interesting if there was a Final Exam for Life?”
If you had to sit down right now, with an empty
regulation blue book and a pen and start writing
out your response to the Life 101 Final Exam Question
“What have you learned in life so far?”, what would
your answer look like? What have you really learned?
The Most Important Lessons
If you’re like most people, the most important lessons
in life you have learned “the hard way,” meaning there
was something lost or some suffering or pain you had
to experience that got your attention so the lesson stuck.
What painful experiences have you been through and
what did you learn from going through them?
Practice Makes Perfect
If you’re also like most people, you don’t always get
the lesson on the first try. Sometimes you have to
learn it over and over until you finally “get it.”
What lesson did you learn by “not getting it”
enough times that you finally were able to see
you needed to finally “get” it?
The Greatest Teachers
Sometimes we are able to learn important life
lessons from teachers in our lives who seem like
they were sent just for that very purpose. Teachers
can come in the form of parents, grandparents,
teachers, coaches, bosses, co-workers, employees,
roommates, siblings, friends, partners, aunts and uncles,
children, grandchildren, neighbors, and pets and animals.
Teachers can even come in the form of complete strangers,
illnesses, challenges, failures, disappointments, or deaths.
Who are the greatest teachers of the important lessons in your life?
Opt For The Open-Book Exam
Thank goodness there isn’t actually a Final Exam
for Life. I’m not sure I’d pass it yet…I still have a
lot of cramming to do! Did I say cramming?
I meant living! Or cramming in living!
Even if there is a final exam for life, it is probably
an open-book exam. That way you get to refer back
to your life and see how you have lived, see what
mistakes you’ve made, what you have learned from them,
and how you’re thinking things are going so far:
the kind of final exam where we could all earn an “A”.