I think everyone is pretty aware that values are important to have, but do we ever really sit down and think about our values? I sat down and wrote mine down so that I could become more aware of what is important to me, and so I could make sure these are all priorities to me. I had 20 that I came up with, and I will list them below and tell you why they are important to me. I pretty much did the same in the video above.
Family is a value. I love time with my family. I have made more family fun nights and different activities we can do together so this value is not overlooked.
Freedom is huge to me. I like my independence, and I have no desire to give that up for anyone. The minute I feel this one threatened is the minute I need to reassert this one. I do not ever want to compromise my ability to choose, think, and do what I want, when I want.
Fun is next. I feel like so often between my health and just the repetition of daily activities, I forget to enjoy what I am doing. We are in control of making our own lives fun.
Gratitude is so important. I know I say this a lot, but I have so much to be grateful for. I am trying to remain aware of this all the time.
Happiness is kind of a universal one, again. We all want to achieve that happiness.
Fairness is important in my household. I want to make sure I practice fairness in my parenting.
Honesty is something I think is hard to practice with myself at times. I am working on this one.
Humor is my way of dealing with things. I will make a joke out of a bad day, situation, or person. Jokes get me through it. I have laughed at funerals. It is literally my coping mechanism.
Integrity is a pretty common one. I think I should practice integrity in all I do and expect it in return.
Leaving a positive mark on the world or the people I know is something I really find important. I want people to think of me and smile.
We should always practice kindness. This one does not need to be explained.
I really want to appreciate things more. This goes from people to art, in every part of my life, I want to show more appreciation.
Commitment is another one. I want to be committed to all of my projects and all of the things I involve myself in. I do not want to give up.
Friendship is one where I feel I fail a lot. I am not the best at keeping these up, but I am trying to do better.
Spirituality has always been so important to me. I am not religious, but I am trying to meditate and do yoga and other things to get in touch with that side of myself.
Hope. I think I am always keeping hope and optimism, which is another value, as long as I am alive.
Respect with reciprocity.
Cooperation in my ventures.
The last one is love. I think it is easy to send that one out and receive it. I am not talking romantic love, I am talking about something deeper, something stronger, something all encompassing. That is what I want to send out into the world.
Those are the values I wrote down that are of the most importance to me at this time. I think this is a great idea, and I hope you not only enjoyed it, but that you will find yours, as well.