I’ll start this off similar to Laura Beth at Hot Shot Headlines: what is a core value?
“Values are what is important to us, what we ‘value’, and what gives us purpose. Just as organizations have values, individuals do too. Most people have approximately 5-7 core values that identify who they are at their core.”
Sounds simple to figure out, eh? Well, it’s not. This is by far the hardest question I’ve been asked in the 52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge. I’m basically being asked who I am…which I’m still figuring out.
Since the article I found says we have approximately 5 to 7 core values, I’ve decided I’ll mention 3…just to make things a little easier.
“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt
To me, adventure means having the freedom to explore this world and see so many things beyond my understanding. To learn, grow, and experience an abundance of magical moments simply by leaving my comfort zone and exploring the unknown. We live in such an awesome world, full of secrets and hidden treasures. Why bound myself to one place when I can explore thousands!
Two. Friendship | Family
“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.”
― Elbert Hubbard
Family and Friendship are interchangeable to me; my friends are my family and my family members are my friends. The people who SEE me, ALL of me, and still love me unconditionally are those I hold in the highest regard. I’ve learned to hold this value very close to my heart, since TRUE friendship is hard to find…I’m lucky to have found an abundance of it.
“Self-care is how you take your power back.”
― Lalah Delia
Mental, physical, and spiritual health are values I’ve slowly realized I lacked for a large portion of my life. My opinions about my self both physically and mentally have been very negative for a long time; my spiritual growth has always been a struggle. When I found true friends and started to learn my own loves in life, my well-being began to blossom in a positively beautiful way. Though I still struggle to accept myself in all that I am, I’m slowly learning it’s okay to be me.
“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, ‘This is what it is to be happy.’”
― Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
Nature, the Earth…I cannot begin to describe the utmost joy nature provides me. When I walk under the stars or shrouded in a sea of trees, I feel calm and cleaned and alive. The smell of the sea, the sparkle of the sun glistening on the lake, the sound of the wind rustling through the trees, the feel of the suns warm rays, the tickle of a soft snowflake, the rush of breathing is a long and thoughtful breath…these small things are absolutely wondrous to experience. During these moments, I feel infinite, and it’s the most powerful feeling imaginable.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
― Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches
When I mean love, I don’t just mean romantic. Love is caring for your family and friends. Love is being there for those during both highs and lows, showing your support. Love is letting someone know you think they’re special. Saying the words “I love you” isn’t always easy, and it’s not necessary to show someone you love them. Picking a friend up even though it’s out of your way, respecting someone’s beliefs and culture and identity, telling someone how glad you are they are in your life, bringing a coffee to your loved on when they don’t have the time…the smallest thing can show love. Love is so powerful. I’m still learning to love and accept all, but I hope one day I can.
Sappy…I know. It’s not MY fault that these posts just keep getting more personal. I hope you all enjoyed it though! What are your core values?