super_firefighterReady for a fun creative writing exercise? Yes, I thought so. I did this in a creativity workshop once. Get your pad and paper ready…

First thought…best thought…

  1. Favorite Movie
  2. Which character do you identify with?
  3. What’s going on with this character at the beginning of the film?
  4. What flaws do they have?
  5. What is the characters trial?
  6. How do they resolve it?
  7. What happens in the end?
  8. How does this connect to you and your life?

Next, list three things you would regret not having accomplished in life…

Interested in what I came up with? I’m happy to share…

  1. Favorite Movie

LOTRLord of the Rings / Fellowship of the Ring

  1. Which character do you identify with?

Frotto

  1. What’s going on with this character at the beginning of the film?

He’s happy in his safe life in the Shire…but curious about adventures in the outside world.

  1. What flaws do they have?

He’s naïve, immature and doesn’t fully appreciate his current life.

  1. What is the characters trial?

The Ring of Power is bestowed upon him to destroy – he must endure a long and dangerous journey to save humanity.

  1. How do they resolve it?

He reluctantly accepts the help of his friends to help him on his journey.

  1. What happens in the end?

He’s riddled with guilt about endangering the life of those around him – he feels the Ring is his burden alone. He tries to separate himself from his travel companions, only to be followed by his best friend Sam. He’s happy Sam comes along but still feels unsure about the future.

  1. How does this connect to you and your life?

Strangely enough, this relates to my career. I decided to leave my last job…get out of my comfort zone…a journey to the unknown. I haven’t wanted to ask for help from friends and former colleagues…wanting to “go it alone” like little Frotto. I ended up asking for help along the way and got TONS of help resulting in a variety of job interviews. Once again, asking for and accepting help pays off big time.  

My three things I would regret not accomplishing on my deathbed:

  1. Travel to Bali
  2. Publish a book
  3. Remodel a historic home

Now it’s your turn…tell us about your results in the comments section below…you never know who you may inspire….

 

 

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