You will explore how our actions today can outlive all of us

In the context of this reflective journal essay assignment, you will explore how our actions today can outlive all of us. Your journal essay will concentrate on how your actions have consequences and the actions they take cannot be undone

You will explore how our actions today can outlive all of us

In the context of this reflective journal essay assignment, you will explore how our actions today can outlive all of us. Your journal essay will concentrate on how your actions have consequences and the actions they take cannot be undone; whether good or bad. The consequences of our actions can be felt long after one is gone. Some good examples would be Martin Luther King Jr., Muhammad Ali, or Gandhi. Some bad examples would be Adolf Hitler, Pol Pot, or Saddam Hussein.

The focus of this reflective journal assignment should help you develop a better understanding of how knowing that life is short can force us as individuals to think and rethink our priorities and what is important and the consequences of our actions.
In order to introduce the idea of “Carpe Diem.” Please watch this Ted Talk on:

Rethinking Death

Keep in mind that the goal of this assignment is to provide you with an opportunity to confront the reality of death in such a way as to allow its reality to force each of us to come to terms with what is truly important in life and how one can make decisions and choices today that will leave a lasting impact well after our death.

Once you have viewed the TED Talk, reflect on what Ms. Chang said, “Thinking about death clarifies your life.” Consider writing this quote in the body of your essay. With Ms. Chang’s quote in mind, create their own “Before I die, I want to…” list in the body of your essay. Create your own “chalkboard list” of the 5 things (or more). You would seriously like to accomplish to make the world a better place before you die.

In the body of your reflective journal essay compose a brief essay describing how these actions will leave a positive impact on their friends, family, or society as a whole. Brainstorm on the people who have passed, those that have left a lasting impression (i.e. famous such as Muhammad Ali or someone close to them Grandpa Fred). In your essay provide discussion focused on how have their actions positively impacted society? Identify people who have passed away whose actions left a negative impact.

Once you complete your “Before I Die…” essay
Reminder each reflective journal essay should be 1-2 pages long. Please note that there are not any specific format requirements. A reflective journal is meant to be a personal journal that provides each student with the opportunity to share their thoughts on a specific topic in a reflective manner.

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