At various times, reflecting on life in our sessions is an important experience to provide. The reasons may range from celebrating life (someones’ birthday, the birthday of a new child into a family), to a life milestone (retirement, an anniversary) or the end of a life. Or maybe it is the change of seasons that brings us to talk about the cycles of life.

In senior living communities many of the songs we share touch on life topics. “Turn Around” speaks of how quickly it feels a child grows. Or maybe it is “Ob-la-di” and we lead into a discussion of marriage.

Reflect on life

With some people or groups, the conversation can go a little deeper. We can find out their life story or what they think the secret of life is.

When digging into stories, consider “Story of My Life”.  Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, it became a number one hit for Marty Robbins in 1957.

Consider questions including:

  • Who helped define your life?
  • What is your life story?
  • What sorrows and joys would they include?

To dive into secrets consider the “Secret O ‘Life”. This James Taylor tune was written and recorded in 1977. It was included in a Broadway musical (“Chita Rivera”) and covered by a number of other artists.

Consider the following lyrics:

The secret of life is enjoying the passage of time…The secret of love is in opening up your heart….Isn’t it a lovely ride? ….

Use it to discuss:

  • What they have enjoyed in life?
  • Discuss the role of mindfulness in life.
  • What they have NOT enjoyed in life?
  • What secrets love uncovered?
  • The lyrics speak of being on “the way down, we might as well enjoy the ride:. Do they agree or disagree? Why?
  • The lyrics speak of life as a ride. What vehicle has carried them on this ride? (a rollercoaster, an old pick-up truck, a Cadillac, etc.)

These are just a few of the many songs you can use to reflect on life.

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