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Final Exam : Life 101

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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?”

Life 101

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”.

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