Diana Koch Jones
November 12, 2012
Outline Reflecting on My Past, Present, and Future
Thesis Statement: Our past creates the foundation that brings us to our present. Throughout life we are faced with choices. Those choices determine what road we travel. The past cannot be changed, only learned from. What we choose to do with those lessons will determine how we live our present and by our choices within our present we can go anywhere we want to with our future. The choice is ours to make.
eflecting on My What was your family like?
A. Youngest of eight children
B. Open and honest communication
C. Close relationships
II. Who were the important people in your life?
A. My Mother
B. My Siblings
C. Neighborhood friends
III. What did you want to become when you grew up?
IV. What jobs have you had in your life?
A. Retail sales
B. Owned a cleaning company
V. What are your greatest achievements so far?
A. Raised three children
B. Received associates degree
C. Maintaining a positive outlook through adversity
VI. What are your personal, professional, and academic goals? A. Own my own home again
B. Career working with families and children
C. Receive bachelor degree and then masters
VII. How can you contribute to your community or to the world in the future? A. Make a difference in lives of families and children
Our past creates the foundation that brings us to our present. Throughout life we are faced with choices. Those choices determine what road we travel. The past cannot be changed, only learned from. What we choose to do with those lessons will determine how we live our present and by our choices within our present we can go anywhere we want to with our future. The choice is ours to make. I was born the youngest of eight children. I have three sisters whom were married with children by the time I was born. My four brothers were still at home when I came along so needless to say I was overprotected growing up. My mother raised all of us on her own and made sure we understood the importance of family. It never mattered how tough times got or what went wrong with the world around us we all always knew we could count on each other to get through anything. My mother was an inspiration to me throughout her life. She led each of us by her example. I watched her help the elderly neighbor when she could no longer help herself. She offered food to the family down the street when she knew they had nothing on their table. Holidays were filled with a few unfamiliar faces for dinner because they had no one else to celebrate with. Peterson and Klohnen (1995), for instance, found that those who have stable relationships and careers are more likely to volunteer to help others than those who are still floundering. We didn’t have the resources to buy fancy things or go on vacations like many of my friends yet I never felt like I did without. What we lacked on the outside could hold not candle to the appreciation for life she instilled within our hearts. I questioned her at times because when she did those things, we ourselves were barely getting by and she simply replied, “God has never left us hunger or homeless my dear and I don’t see him starting to do that now”. Through her I learned that anything can be accomplished as long as you never give up. I knew through her I am the only one who can set limitations on what I become. Failure is a word people use who quit trying. She taught me no one is perfect and we all make mistakes so give forgiveness freely for one day we will need to be forgiven. I also learned through her that love holds no condition and those we love may one day be gone so remind them each day how important they are and take nothing about them for granted. I have become the woman I am today...