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A New Year – What Will You Discover?


In the past, I’ve written about making resolutions, setting goals, making plans, and setting your sights higher. Over the years, I’ve kept most of the resolutions, made many goals, changed many plans, and obtained sights I never expected. This New Year’s Day though, I’m feeling…reflective.

So many celebrity deaths that felt personal even though I may not have met the person; so much….change and not all for the better, got me to thinking about an old writing exercise. The exercise is to write your eulogy. Another exercise is to write you tombstone.  I’ve always tried the second exercise. One year I wrote, ‘She lived, she laughed, she lasted.’ Another year I wrote, ‘She really tried.’

So for this week, I think I’ll try the ‘write your eulogy’ exercise. The idea behind the exercise is to

  • write the eulogy
  • review it
  • find the gaps or think about what you wished it said
  • change your life to fit it

What do you think?  Are you interested in trying this with me?




Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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