Reflections

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  1. Linda

    I believe everyone has the right to be acknowledged. It is my practice to greet people and smile, on the street, in a store, etc. It surprises some people, but it often brings a smile to their face and perhaps a feeling of being seen.

    3 months ago
  2. Don Jones

    The most important “value” is the value of this life. To maximize this value, it requires a discipline of faculty. I know in every cell of my physical being of the incredible value of this happening. The richness of my memory, the presence of now and the fantastic imagination are blessings if there is a discipline of faculty. There is much effort dedicated to building a disciplined mind.

    3 months ago
  3. Hermann-Josef

    There is a moment between a given stimulus and my reaction. In this moment I can consciously decide to act according to my values, if they are not completely integrated yet. For me it is very important to remember what my values are., day by day, to live according to my accepted values. Before I leave home in the morning, I pray for divine help.

    3 months ago
  4. Carol

    Values…a word that seem to be on the tip of everyone’s tongue these days…In many ways it’s become a dangerous word because it gives people license to take part in behaviors that can be downright criminal and/or hurtful. All I have to say about this question is I try to always BE KIND to myself, to others and to the planet and regretfully sometimes I fail.

    3 months ago
  5. GR8FULL

    This one is an easy one for me to answer, but not always do. I have been practicing Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for two years now. Step 1 is delineating your values. The next step is that, before I make a decision to think or act, I have a choice to move towards or away from my values. I try to make the decision that moves me towards my values. Not always possible, especially if I am unable to be present for the fork in the road, but comforting to know I have a strategy in place.

    4 months ago
  6. Rabbit

    I retired from a cereal manufacturing after 30 years. In my last review, my boss told me, “You do too much for people.” I told that to someone recently, saying, “That was a fine time to tell me.” The woman said, they didn’t tell you because it worked for them. I have tired to do less for people, but I am not very successful at it. If I can help someone, I do, it is just who I am. There are times when I don’t think I get enough done of my own work but I just persist in trying to do everything I can in the best way I can.
    Someone said to me once. “Too much help disables.” So if possible I try to help in a teaching way.” I still have more to learn about balance than the time that I likely have.

    4 months ago
  7. Antoinette

    Walking the walk and always recalling to act with kindness!

    4 months ago
  8. Barb C

    Long answer about one particular aspect of this practice for me–I work at staying conscious of how my privilege has given me opportunities and how I can leverage that access for others to gain opportunity–deliberately and openly stepping back to make space for others. It would be easy to talk about trying to be anti-racist and at the same time not give up anything that has come to me because of a fundamentally racist system. This requires making sure my ego stays parked on the bike rack.

    As one application of this, in my work I get a lot of speaking invitations. I ask who else is invited, state directly that I won’t speak on an all-white panel, and I recommend others to speak in my place (with their permission). I have reached out to conference organizers to tell them their keynote speaker lineup, viewed as if it’s a panel because all those pictures are on the screen together, is either all-white or a “manel” (all-male panel). This reflects on their stated commitment to diversity that feels very pro-forma and box-checking if they don’t actually pay attention to how they show up. This direct statement has resulted in really good conversations with people who appreciate having it said out loud and being reminded that they can make a difference every day in who they think of as experts in a field.

    I’ve shared this practice with other white colleagues who have begun doing the same thing. It’s not just the action, but talking about the action to make others aware of something they hadn’t noticed was happening so they recognize they hold power they can use to advance their stated values.

    4 months ago
    1. Rabbit

      Thank you Barb for putting action to your beliefs and for taking time to share your story with us. You demonstrate the only way the world will change. The other thing people don’t get is that just because someone earned it for us doesn’t mean it is guaranteed. I think of women’s rights as I type this.

      4 months ago
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    Elliotthecoach

    When I stop, look and go. I am acting in reflection to my value of peace.

    4 months ago
  10. sparrow

    I rarely have to try . . .
    my actions almost always ‘genuinely reflect my values’.
    The are ingrained in my psyche and in my heart.

    4 months ago
  11. J K

    I think knowing ourselves is the first step needed here. We should know what we genuinely are before doing anything. I always question myself – ” Am I doing this for myself or for someone else?”, “How would I feel after doing this task?”, “Would this thing/work affect my mental peace?” etc. etc.
    We only reflect in the ways we perceive. So to genuinely reflect with own’s values, one needs to answer the question- “Who Am I?”

    4 months ago
  12. Avril

    When I stay in integrity with my spiritual practices. Self-study, contemplation, meditation. When I’m consistent everything else falls in line. I shift naturally into gratitude. I shift into generosity.

    4 months ago
  13. Michele

    I try to have my actions reflect my values by donating to charities that are important/have meaning to me.

    4 months ago
  14. Carla

    In the last three years I’ve modified my financial support to two organizations that I consistently gave my time, talent, and treasury to. I still give time and talent support. I could not consciously provide financial support as the institutions no longer reflected my own core values. As a woman, I looked at the “power” of my finances. This decision was liberating and has brought peace.

    4 months ago
    1. Mica

      Carla, I like that you still give your time and talent even though you don’t support them with your treasure 🙂

      4 months ago
      1. Carla

        Thank you Mica. They weren’t easy decisions to make, and then taking action set me free in a different kind of way.

        3 months ago
        1. Mica

          That’s wonderful, Carla 🙂

          3 months ago
  15. EJP

    When living in true gratitude and love, my actions always reflect my values.

    4 months ago
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