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We will be known forever by the tracks we leave. — Native American (Dakota) proverb

Big Question: What should I do with my life?

Almost every sixth grader has wondered about their future. This session frames their wonderings as a Big Question which seeks a deeper answer than the right career to pursue. Youth learn how Unitarian Universalism can guide them toward intentional decision making based on their developing values. This session assures youth that they will find direction from a variety of sources including their inner selves, the examples and advice of trusted adults and the Principles affirmed by our faith.

The session takes participants ahead to their own 100th birthday parties for an imaginary look back at what they might have done with their lives. The story, "The Stonecutter," describes one man's circular and ultimately successful attempt to gain contentment. In WCUU, an advice panel offers Unitarian Universalist answers to youths' questions about shaping their lives. (Optional: Use Leader Resource 5, Outstanding UUs, to fill the advice panel with up to six prominent individuals from Unitarian Universalist history.) In WIT Time, participants consider how they can make their "little light shine" in the days and years ahead.


This session will:

  • Pose the Big Question "What should I do with my life?" and explore Unitarian Universalist responses
  • Introduce personal choice and decision-making as integral aspects of life
  • Demonstrate guidelines, based in Unitarian Universalism, which youth can use to make and evaluate their plans
  • Present Unitarian Universalist ideas about life plans and accomplishments
  • Introduce the concept of personal calling
  • Explore the validity of happiness as a life goal.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Think about their own long-range and short-term goals and plans
  • Expand their understanding of and skill at making decisions
  • Consider a lesson learned by a stonecutter seeking happiness
  • Identify who can best help them make life choices
  • Learn how to find and use Unitarian Universalist guidance in making life plans
  • Plan ways to make their own "little light shine."

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