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I have a few different values that I review (near) daily. They shape the person I enjoy being and also act as a north star to remind me not to fall into certain habits. Life seems to work best when I’m able to stay committed to be:
I value any life-giving commitment people make – things like: helping unwed mothers, feeding the poor, passing on the good news, staying committed for better or worse, taking care of the earth, etc.
I believe people are called differently to make commitments to what is important to them. So I try to value and respect others commitments -even if it is not one I made.
As some already have mentioned, guessing that loyalty and honesty is such a value, including to apologize when reacting defensively or unkind quicker than being able to think in times when fear still predominates, especially as kindness is such a value also. Meditation, which is needed to be implemented again more regularly. Thank you, friends, for being here with me.
My children and my loyal friends and extended Family. My wellness and my job.
My Faith, Being kind and loving, volunteering for good causes.
Live simply and strive for peace.
For some reason I wasn’t able to post earlier. It is now early evening here in Colorado and we have had a most spectacular fall day.
I’ve had some time to think about this question and I was nodding my head in recognition of all your responses as being commitments that I too value. Thank you for all your beautiful sharing.
*I am committed to my morning devotional, prayer and meditation time and am so grateful that I can linger there as I am retired from teaching these past few years.
*I am committed to my husband and his well being…as our bodies are aging we find we need more and more to take care of each other.
*I am committed to being an encouragement, a light, and a support to my daughters in whatever they are going through in their lives. As they often say to me “Mom, you are our lighthouse” and I am so grateful for their grace.
*I am committed to being an instrument of peace and to hold tightly to my faith in the goodness in this world.
*I am committed to my own spiritual and emotional healing.
*I am committed to the Divine Presence in my life.
“Mom, you are our lighthouse.” What beautiful words from your daughters, my friend. Blessings to all of you.
Two things. I value my commitment to be a channel of peace. I value my commitment to keep showing up as long as I am able, and to keep doing my imperfect human best …
My main commitment is, and has been for most of my life, to make a difference. To know that somehow my passing through has made the world a better place, in large ways or small.
I value the commitment of being a good human. This means to think before you speak and act. Think in act that in ways that have positive outcomes.
I value the commitment of a work life balance. Money is a huge controlling factor in most people’s lives, yes. But it is so important to also enjoy your life. We work to live, we are not designed to live to work.
I value the commitment of loyalty and honesty. Being a good, caring and true friend, spouse, family member, etc has to have a strong sense of loyalty and honesty. Loyalty means standing up for a person even if they are not in the room. Honesty is telling someone something they need to hear, even if it is hard, if it will truly benefit them. If you do not have loyalty and honesty towards a person, that is perfectly okay, but do not give the impression that it is there.
I value the commitment of love.
I value the commitment of self-care and self-love. THIS above all else. If it is hard for us to love and care about ourselves (sometimes the hardest thing to do) it makes it impossible for us to do any of the rest of these things
I am committed to many things.
My self care.
My healing, from so many deaths in my support system/my family. My husband being the most recent.
My daughter & her boundaries.
Being the best version of myself.
Being kind, generous, compassionate, loving.
I am committed to being a light in the world.
I am committed to my spiritual growth.
I am committed to the Divine.
I value the commitment to living our lives to the fullest. I noticed I spend lots of time thinking about what others may or may not think/say about me instead of focusing on what I truly want. Slowly, I am being able to do better on this, and life is getting much lighter and more enjoyable. I am also committed to my faith and family and doing my best to positively impact other people’s lives.
Obviously, my commitment to my
lovely wife is important to me. And
I have committed to my friends.
Especially my riding buddies. And
the list goes on. I have always been
a person to commit. In fact, I have
been committed. But, my most important
commitment is to myself, to this life,
to be engaged, to be a participant,
and to say yes.
Thank you, Charlie T. As you often do, your subtle humor gives me a smile.
agreed, made me smile too:)
I value my commitment to my self care and my personal health. Living with this form of intentional commitment has been valuable because of my own battle with depression and suicide. It has helped me live more peacefully by finding the gratitude and appreciation to be able to take care of myself when there was once a time when I was constantly feeling helpess.
Honoring, loving, and regarding each of my children equally for sure. And I aspire to extend that to all people; family, friends, etc. (Truth be told, this is a work in progress, nevertheless, a principle important to me).
I am committed to honesty and integrity. I am committed to my family.
Dear Pilgrim ….it is now early evening here but I wanted to make sure that we had our usual Tuesday connection. The devastating news from Christine has reminded me, of course of our dear Ursula. This is both the joy and the sorrow that we are gifted from these miraculous connections across many miles with those we may not have met but are still so dear to our hearts. This is such a beautiful community and I am so grateful that we can “meet” here with all these beautiful souls.
~Namaste my friend. 🙏
I am grateful to meet you here at any time of day, Diane. Blessings and Peace to you and your beautiful family. I have had a couple of days of significant pain, but I am so grateful to be here with many kindred spirits. Namaste.
Pilgrim…I am so sorry for your pain. As I lay my head down to sleep this night you will be in my prayers for a relief from your pain my friend.
Taking care of myself including recommitting back to my yoga practice.
Always do my best and always be kind.
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