This exercise is a creative
process for you to capture the key moments in your life. This self
reflection exercise can be useful to review your personal history and
reflect upon where you have been and where you might be going. This
Lifeline Exercise can help you capture significant events in your life
and may enable you to create a more integrated view of your life journey.
Patterns may emerge that help you understand yourself better. The
lifeline exercise is a tool for exploring who you are, what you’ve done
and how you got to where you are today.
Start by getting a sheet of paper and creating a list of key moments,
events, accomplishments, obstacles and celebrations that are important.
Make a timeline that begins with birth and ends today. Note the events
on your timeline with a brief description. You determine if the events
get added to your sheet above the timeline, on the timeline or below the
timeline depending on whether the event was happy, neutral, or
challenging for you.
Options for your
1. You may want to transfer your lifeline to a sheet of posterboard so
you can visually see your lifeline on a bigger page.
2. Consider sharing this experience with a trusted friend or classmate. Complete
the exercise together and share your lifelines with each other.
3. If you choose to complete the exercise on your own, consider sharing
it with a trusted other. Reviewing the lifeline out loud with a person we trust
allows us to hear ourselves say things out loud that help us to know
ourselves better. Also, others sometimes point things out to us that we
did not notice.
4. Consider saving this lifeline and completing another one in the
future to notice what shifts occur.
explore when you have completed your lifeline:
Step back and look at the entire
picture of your life.
Are there patterns that you
observe as you review your lifeline?
What does the lifeline show you
What do you notice about your
lifeline and the events that are significant to you?
What do these events have in
How are they different?
What are the successes (above the
line) and challenges (below the line)?
Exercises such as the lifeline raise our awareness of ourselves. When
shared with someone else, they present us with an opportunity to
disclose information about ourselves. The choice to share rests with
each of us.
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Adapted from the exercise
originally developed by Noel Tichy