A synopsis conveys the narrative arc, an explanation of the plot, the characters, and how the book or novel ends. It ensures character actions and motivations are realistic and make sense. It summarizes what happens and who changes from beginning to end of the story.
Now that you have taken an in-depth look at your Backstory, we move into your Synopsis. I this of the Synopsis as the summary, and for the purposes of this program we will use this second module to get a very clear perspective on where you are in your life at the present moment. Because you can’t figure out where you are going until you know where your starting point is.
And your starting point is today.
The Wheel of Life has been around for approximately one thousand years. It represents your life, the whole of you. The pieces of the pie - or spokes of the wheel - are the parts of your life: the areas, roles, or aspects of the whole.
The gift of the Wheel is identifying the level of balance you are experiencing in your life now. To see where your satisfaction levels are, and where the balance is - or isn’t. By getting a clear look at where you are now, you can truly start to contemplate what you want your Third Act to be.
The Synopsis Workbook will bring you through the Wheel of Life. As you go through each section of the wheel, identify what that particular area means for you (i.e. what is fun and recreation to you?). Then ask yourself, "how satisfying is this part of my life?" Use the following scale:
0-3: Not Satisfied
4-7: OK or Neutral
8-10: Very Satisfied or Happy
Remember, there are no quick fixes here! The more time you take for yourself with this work, the more clearly you will understand where the balance is (or is lacking). Our priorities are always shifting, right? And so, if you see something is way out of balance try not to judge it too harshly. Creating the blueprint for your Third Act is about defining what balance looks like for you going forward. And to figure out where you’re going, you have to see where you are…
So... how balanced is your life?
I hope that you found the Wheel exercise both enlightening and stimulating.
Enlightening in that yes - when you connected the dots you viewed the level of balance in your life. Maybe it appears that you have a good balance. Or maybe not.
And stimulating in that once we have taken a look at our levels of satisfaction we offer ourselves an opportunity to change.
It takes courage to look! So give yourself a moment of gratitude for all the aspects of your life and for the good, the bad AND the ugly. A major part of figuring out where you want to go is shaped by looking honestly at where you are now. Brava!