Each day, laptop and children permitting, I’ll share a prompt that’s been on my mind, and a few of my thoughts.
You are welcome to share your own perspective in the comments, or just journal it out!
What values are at the core of the things that matter most to me?
Part of yesterday’s exercise – deciding why a memory is special to you – is getting to the root of the things on your heart.
In other words, what values are at the core of the things that matter most to you?
I recently listened to an interview on the Family Looking Up podcast with Stacy Taniguchi. He used the example of hiking in the winter, and coming to a crevasse along your path:
He asked, “If I placed a rickety ladder across the gap, and offered you $10 dollars, would you cross it? How about $100? …What if your child was on the other side?”
He went on, “Your core values are the things you would cross the ladder for.”
I love this illustration, because so often we hear the question “what do you value?” and it feels abstract. And yet, when we know our values, we discover the capability to create the life we want to live, despite our circumstances.
This past year, many of us experienced difficult circumstances outside of our control. Dealing with that comes with a huge learning curve, and that’s okay.
But, if we want 2021 to be different, it’s up to us. No one can do it for you.
Are you living in alignment with what you value? Do you know what that is? Have you decided how you will respond when those values are tested?