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Andrew Family Retreat w/ a Purpose Day #2

Posted on | March 9, 2009

Day 2


Aaron and Heather gave a lesson about what kinds of rituals Developing Spirituality and activities we as couples and individuals can implement to grow spiritually. After a short group discussion, we collectively created a list of things that each individual or couple does to cultivate their spiritual health.

Some of these included: daily personal and couple scripture study, reading about the history of the religious leaders of our faith, singing hymns, making an effort to arrive to weekly church meetings early, nightly family prayer, and researching family history.

This meeting was a great brainstorm session where everyone was able to bounce ideas off each other and gain additional insights into how we can all better develop and maintain spirituality. Everyone made a goal to try something new and implement a different spiritual ritual for the coming month.

Daily Activities

It turned out to be a beautiful day with none of the typical Hawaiian climate rainstorms. Following morning meetings a group left to try the snorkeling at Black Rock while others stayed back with some of the kids and played cards. The snorkeling didn’t turn out as well as hoped but they did see a pretty big turtle. Everyone reunited at the Hula Grill for some lunch. This is one of our favorite places to eat in Maui.

Evening Meetings

Scott and Adrea gave a stirring lesson about the rituals associated with “rising and retiring, coming and going.” This lesson discussed how to transform daily routines with spouses and children into positive, meaningful rituals. They also discussed their own personal experience of how to positively approach their own kids in the morning/afternoon and how to always focus on the positive.

Doug then took the stage to lead the discussion about the power of goal setting in relation to their “strategic by-products.” Strategic by-products of a goal are secondary benefits of achieving a set, primary goal. For example, some strategic by-products of the goal to run a marathon would be increased endurance, improved heart health, and weight loss. Each individual was able to take one of their 1 year goals and brainstorm possible strategic by-products that could be realized from the achievement of that goal.

Through this exercise, each participant was able to realize the widespread benefit of achieving the meaningful goals which were recorded during previous sessions.


Ashley and Justin

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