Last week we talked about taking time during the holiday season to write your spiritual ethical will. This week I’d like to talk about a brainstorming activity that you can do to help you get the words flowing. For this activity you will need note cards, a pen and your memories.
The goal of this brainstorming activity is to help you come up with memories that you can share with your heirs. These memories can be fond memories or sad memories. The choice is up to you.
To start with you will want to take out three or four note cards and label them with a theme. For example, you can label one card as Childhood Memories, one card as High School Memories, one card as Life Changing Events and one card as World Events. The categories that you select need to have meaning to you.
The next step is to write one memory on each note card and to place it in a pile under the category note card that it relates to. The size of the note card is going to limit the amount of information that you can write on each card so you will need to just outline your memory.
After you have a good selection of memories to work with you can organize the note cards and start writing your ethical will. I like to use my note cards to set up an outline and then flesh out the ethical essay from the outline format. Don’t worry about getting the ethical will perfect the first time. You can fine tune the entries and format during the revisions process.
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