Upstream Field Guide: Lesson 4 Your Purpose Exercise 6

Life happened and I got busy and dropped of the trail for a bit. I’m telling myself I need to complete this because I am certain of its value to me. Let’s dive right back in!

Alas! I am at the final exercise for Lesson 4 and it’s a big one: What do I want people to say about me at my memorial.  What will be the thing my children, grandchildren and extended friends and family will say is true about me? What legacy or core values do I want to leave behind for them?

That’s a lot to think about! To make this easier, I am going to list down some core values and create a quote out of each to put them in context. I find this exercise here helpful and have used it to create my own list.

So here we go!

Independence is key to freedom.

Wise money management early in life gives you they security and freedom you need to pursue other things in life. Money doesn’t solve everything but it sure does help!

Respect other people’s time by being punctual.

Conduct yourself with integrity and you will put to rest many fears.

Someone who is dependable and consistent will be a pillar to another.

Freedom of expression fuels creativity.

Embrace your authentic self and you will make peace with yourself.

The best way to achieve good health is to address it holistically.

A life of moderation and balance is key to harmony.

Curiosity and continuous learning keeps you young.

To be well-read is to expand your world.

Be proactive in life if you are uncomfortable with life happening to you.

Beauty refreshes the soul.

In life, shit happens. Resilience is key to survival.

Simplicity helps you focus on what’s important. Don’t wait till you’re overwhelmed to simplify. It saves you a lot of stress.

If you can find your passion and live accordingly, you’d be happier than most of your peers.

The story of Christ offers the greatest hope to humanity, especially if you (or your life) feels less than what you’ve hoped for.

My highest desire for my children is for them to live a life of purpose and meaning, walking in the path of Christ, practicing His presence daily. Everything else will fall into place




Upstream Field Guide: Lesson 3 Who Are You Lesson Part 2-2

My favorite quotes.

In this exercise I take time to search, gather and curate quotes that resonate with me, to which I can say an emphatic YES! to.


“You have to let people go. Everyone who’s in your life is meant to be in your journey but not all of them are meant to stay till the end.”

Quiet people has the loudest minds.” – Stephen Hawkings

“Actions prove who someone is. Words just prove who they want to be.”

“One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.” – Sigmund Freud

“In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order.”–Carl Jung

“I love having context that’s so much bigger than I can fathom. It’s fantastic to realize how insignificant you are.” – Benedict Cumberbatch

“If you want to see the true measure of a man, watch how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”
– J.K. Rowling

“He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep for the sake of what he cannot loose.”

“An intention is brought to completion only by a decision to fulfill the intention.”

“The ultimate freedom we have as human beings is the power to select what we let our minds dwell upon.”

“Every human relationship is a tool for character formation.”

Spirituality is living the ordinary life extraordinarily well.”

“I freed 1000 slaves. I could have freed 1000 more if only they knew they were slaves.”–Harriet Tubman

“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.”–Marcus Aurelius

“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.”–Steve Jobs

“Science is what you know, philosophy is what you don’t know.”–Bertrand Russell

Loneliness does not come from having no people about one, but from being unable to communicate to others the things that seem important to oneself.”–C.G. Jung

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”–George Bernard Shaw

“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.”–Charles R. Swindoll

“Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than material force, that thoughts rule the world.”–Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Before you tell your life what you intend to do with it, listen for what it intends to do with you.” – Parker Palmer