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Rules and Things for a Funner Life

self-reflecting on an experience
that taught you a life lesson

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Think about an experience in your life when the outcome wasn’t quite what you anticipated, or an event that surprised you. Did you learn something from it? Perhaps you learned something that gave you an edge the next time you had a similar experience.

Listen to, or read, chapter two of Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis. This chapter gives a good example of what happens to Bud to make him use his rules of life. Focus on the two rules Bud shares in this chapter and his explanation of the reasons why he has these rules.

Brainstorm some of your most memorable learning experiences; sometimes learning is hard and messy, so these may not be positive experiences. Brainstorm at least five time where you learned a life lesson, and then create a rule for each, similar o Bud's rules. Voila! You now have your own "Rules and Things for a Funner Life!"

Now, choose one rule from your list -- or more -- and write the story of how you learned the lesson.

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Did you learn a lesson about life...

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And how were you feeling during the experience?

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