Why Do You Do, What You Do?

By David Tillman

Who influenced you to do what you are doing?

Close your eyes, take a few breaths, and let your mind relax. In your mind, effortlessly allow the name, and/or face, of a person who has influenced the way you live your life. A family member, teacher, spiritual leader, friend, or someone else who mysteriously showed up at just the right time.

A person who influenced you to do what you are doing. Well, maybe it could be to go to this school, to join this organization, to read these books, think this way, to create art and music, or to meet someone they thought you should meet.

When the name of that person comes into your mind, think about how he or she have influenced, triggered, or impacted your life? When you are ready open your eyes and journal. (1-2 minutes)

Sharing: Come back into the small group and share your thoughts to one or more of the three questions below:

1) Their name, your relationship to this person, and how/when you met?

2) What was the essence, or key aspect, of their influence on you?

3) Looking back, what are you doing today which can be traced back to them?

Reflection: As you share your answers notice what emotions and insights are triggered within you. As you listen to others share their answers notice what new or different emotions and insights are triggered within you.

Options: You can do this with a friend or by yourself.


Additional Resources:



Here’s another resource to create “Your Life Connections” using this worksheet, along with an example:

Here’s an example of the “Your Life Connections” worksheet filled out: 

Your Life Connections Worksheet Example – August 2022 – rev. Sept 2023 – www.lifesjourney.us

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