Today we did an exercise where group members looked at their life experiences (good and bad) from the past and present leading on to hopes for the future. We broke it down into those three sections. Firstly, we wanted people to see how past events play a part in were we are in the present. Secondly, having attained a better level of self-awareness from doing this you are in a far better position to see what could help in your future.
Before starting the exercise we provided some examples;
- Social activities,
Below are the findings;
PAST: Poor health, anxiety, hope, University, prospects, travelling, depression, stimulation, socialise more easily, work, pride, achievement, loneliness, fit, relationships, seeking help, All types of abuse, breakdown, time spent in Hospital, confidence-partying, soulmate, happiness, children-love, escape, bereavement, loss-family, and behaviour.
PRESENT: Caring, angry, worn out, social work, done with being treated unfairly, confused, friends, grandchildren, Isolating from friends, debt, learning languages, tiring, joining in with others, carer, being a mother, debt, effort, focus, Isolation, panic, feel like getting nowhere, lack of money, lack of energy, and confidence.
FUTURE: Freedom, friends, family, children, art, fitness, travel, helping people, survivor, boundaries, guilt-free, feel confident, feeling supportive to kids/relationships, be present-not reading so much, clarity, order, health, energy, be a good dad, relationships, take power back, open to possibilities, make choices, find a job I enjoy, travel, peace of mind, stability-family, and re-create self for good.
Group members seemed to get a lot out of this exercise. By looking at the past and present it enabled people to have a bit more clarity about what their hopes and aspirations are for the future. While people found this to be a very emotional session it gave people a sense of freedom to talk about things which they had previously felt unable to do so and they felt all the better for it.