Step five is all about where I would want to live and work. That particular question is one that needs to be answered as a family, and in order to give us more time to do the exercise, I decided to skip ahead to something that was easy to finish.
Step six is all about your place in the world. It’s about why you’re here. It’s everything existential boiled down into a simple ranking exercise. The question posed says, “What goals or purposes would you most enjoy setting your energies to?”
The book makes an interesting point that we all have our own talents, gifts, and skills. However, it’s a different question as to what we want to accomplish with those skills. Do you use your powers for good? Or evil? (Of course, that’s a matter of perspective.) The book says, “[Your Skills] can be made to serve any goal or value you choose.”
What values do you have in your life? What do you want “the broad outcome of your life” to be? “What kind of footprint do you want to leave on this Earth, after your journey is done?”
The author lists nine, which I think is a pretty complete list:
- Mind. When you are gone, do you want there to be more knowledge, truth, or clarity in the world, because you were here? If so, knowledge, truth, or clarity concerning what, in particular?
- Body. Do you want there to be more fitness? Less physical suffering (i.e. more feeding of the hungry, more clothing of the poor, etc.)? What particular issue concerning the human body do you want to work on?
- Eyes and other senses. Do you want there to be more beauty in the world? What kind of beauty?
- Heart. Do you want there to be more love and compassion in the world?
- The Will or Conscience. When you are gone, do you want there to be more morality, more justice, more righteousness, more honesty in the world, because you were here?
- The Human Spirit. Do you want there to be more spirituality in the world, more love for the human family in all its diversity?
- Entertainment. Do you want to be part of lightening people’s loads, giving perspective, more laughter, and joy? What kind of entertainment?
- Possessions. Is the often false love of possessions your major concern?
- The Earth. Is the planet on which we stand your major concern? When you are gone, do you want there to be more protection of this fragile planet?
The process to sort them is the same that was used in the working conditions exercise — again, since the chart CLEARLY says copyrighted on it, I’m not going to show the chart or explain the process. But this is how my list turned out:
- Will/Conscience. I want there to be more justice. More righting of wrongs — there is no reason why someone should be hungry when there is enough.
- Heart. I want there to be more love, compassion, and acceptance. I think this really goes hand-in-hand with justice above.
- The Earth. I am convinced that climate change has already occurred, is occurring, and will continue to occur. I think that we are definitely past peak oil. We need to learn to adapt, and pull back. This is important.
- Mind. I want there to be more truth, knowledge, and clarity. This goes with my analytical side.
- Spirit. I want there to be more love for the human family. I care less about people worshiping God, and more about people doing the first two things on the list.
- Entertainment. I want there to be laughter and joy.
- Eyes/Senses. Beauty is important, sure.
- Possessions. I want people to be simpler (it’s one of my style statement words), and content with enough, but I dont’ think it’s a major concern.
- Body. While I care for suffering to end, I think the real task is justice. And while I think caring for our bodies is important, it’s not the broad goal of my life.
The instructions say to put your top three, in your own words, in a way that makes sense to you on your flower. Here’s mine.