Living Authentically: Values To Live By

When was the last time you made a list of the values that are important to you and then put them in order of importance? I think almost everyone can tell you what is important to them but sometimes it is important to stop and identify what your values actually are and then write them down. This exercise can be eye opening because you may discover that even though something is important to you, your thoughts and actions may show something different. It provides an opportunity to align what you think, say and do.

“Your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values and your values become your destiny.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Here are a few values that I feel are especially important for all of us to practice:

  • Generosity: Are you generous with your thoughts toward others? Do you show yourself generosity? How about with your time and possessions?
  • Integrity: Are you true to your word? Do you tell the truth to yourself and others or do you say what is convenient and expected?
  • Humility: Do you need to be right, above others or always have the last word?
  • Kindness: Do you show kindness even when you are mad or hurt? Would you choose being kind over being right?

How do you think we might change if we practiced these values and what difference would it make to everyone we come in contact with? I don’t know for sure, but I do know it would most certainly add more peace to our lives and that translates into a more peaceful world. Blessings to you!

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