Life Chart

DETAILS: Assign on Thursday and due the following Tuesday

SUPPLIES: Pencil, Eraser, and a Piece of Paper


1. Read “Life Chart” by Shawn Humphrey

Life Chart - 1

2. Using your Pencil and Piece of Paper, follow the steps below to draw your own Life Chart (see image below for an example):

TT-Exercises-Life Chart - Template - f

  • Step 1: Draw a horizontal and vertical axis
  • Step 2: Calibrate the vertical axis with different states of emotional and/or spiritual well-being
  • Step 3: Write your date of birth on the horizontal axis
  • Step 4: Write today’s date on the horizontal axis
  • Step 5: Starting at “Being Who You were Born to Be” trace out your “Arc of Agency” from your birthday to today’s date

3. Consider the following questions:

  • How do you interpret the plateaus?
  • How do you interpret the vacillations?
  • What’s the “who, what, when, where, and why” of the highest point?
  • What’s the “who, what, when, where, and why” of the lowest point?
  • Is there a gap between where you are (as of today’s date) and “Being Who You Were Born to Be”? If so, how do you explain that gap? If so, what are you doing to close that gap?
  • Does your “Arc of Agency” accurately reflect your life’s trajectory? Did you remember these moments correctly?
  • How much of your Arc represents what you were told about yourself by others? Who told you these things? Did they tell you the truth?
  • Is there a moment or two or more that you want to reconsider?

5. Erase and redraw? You can. You’re allowed. It’s your story. You’re the author.