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Living your values: What are you about?

My mind’s been going in a thousand different directions lately. I’ve tried meditation; I like it, I’m trying to stick with it, but if you’ve ever practiced meditation you’ll know it’s not an instant fix. It’s the opposite and that’s the whole point.

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That’s lovely, but when you’re on the hospital gurney, metaphorically speaking, it’s not the time to begin a discussion on eating a balanced diet and taking a daily walk. You want a tourniquet to stop the bleeding or paddles to restart the heart.

I’ll get on the healthy diet, so to speak, but I need the emergency jump-start in order to make room for it in my life. And in order to make that room, I’ve got to get clear about what I’m about.

Because I’m short of memory (due to the cluttered mind), I’m writing it down here, where I can’t lose it.

A vision for a fruitful life

I want to live into my values each day, understanding that my values may shift a bit in priority from day to day. More on that later. Those values are, in no particular order (remember, they shift):

  1. Kindness
  2. Patience
  3. Generosity
  4. Openness
  5. Responsibility
  6. Hospitality
  7. Justice
  8. Humility
  9. Self-discipline
  10. Faith.

I should mention that it was a useful exercise to sit down and try to encompass everything that’s important to me, value-wise, in 10 items or fewer. Have you ever given it a try? What did you come up with?



Writing about writing, depression and anxiety, and living into values.

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