I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my life. In doing so I’ve been looking at my values. What are the things that are most important to me and then putting them over against my choices to see if they match up.
For instance one of my values is relationships. I value having close friends and building strong relationships with people I love and care about. In looking at my life in regard to this value, I have been intentional about staying connected to positive, life-giving friends and family. Carving out time to spend with them, making phone calls or sending regular emails takes priority in my week. And, likewise, I have been letting the negative, life-deniers go. (In some ways Facebook has been a valuable tool in doing this as I see what many people actually think and say on social media).
Another of my values is care for myself – my body, mind and spirit. This one can be a bit more difficult to live up to because I often find myself in conflict over what I feel I should be doing for someone else (see above) and what I need to do for myself. Balancing needs with wants and/or shoulds can be tricky.
Here is where another value comes to the rescue and that is energy. I need to pay attention to the amount of energy I have. You see it is not time that we manage, but energy. There is always the same amount of time – 24 hours every day. However, the amount of energy varies depending on how we choose to spend our time. So I do an energy check now to see if my energy reserves are high enough or if I need to spend time recharging my energy cells before I take on something.
What are your values and how do they line up with how you are living your life?
Take good care,