Jun 12, 2023

Values - hidden influencers of our lives

 I've recently been pondering over how much our values influence our lives.

When you ask yourself, "Why do you do what you do" across all aspects - be it our thoughts, words, actions, behaviors, and all life decisions (major or minor), it all eventually boils down to this answer - VALUES.

Sometimes, we compromise our values for various reasons - societal pressures, temptations, external influences, the need to impress someone or to be part of a group, etc.

But if you notice those CONSISTENT patterns in your thoughts, behaviors, or decisions, VALUES play an influential role.

I have taken up this exercise of jotting down all my values as I unravel them one by one. Here's the list in no particular order:

  • Good Health
  • Time
  • Authenticity
  • Humility
  • Punctuality
  • Simplicity
  • Hard work
  • Spiritual
  • Sharing my gifts
  • Freedom
  • Responsible
  • Frugality
  • Effective use of resources
  • Continuous Learning
  • Seeking knowledge
  • Balance

This list will not remain static and is bound to evolve. Also, the priority we assign to a value keeps changing, when we end up in a situation where we have to pick one value over another.

The reason why I have been able to stay consistent with home cooking, Yoga practice, and regular walking is due to the value I assign to good health.

The reason why I have been able to stay consistent with reading is due to the value I assign to Continuous Learning and Seeking knowledge.

The reason why I get so frustrated with long commute, traffic, and pointless meetings is due to the value I assign to Time.

The reason why I lose my temper with my family members on certain occasions is due to the value I assign to Frugality and the Effective use of resources.

Values are the hidden, but powerful influencers in our lives. Becoming aware of them is by itself a valuable lesson.

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