Ok, I know that I have been a bit sporadic lately and my camera and computer has been on the fritz so I haven’t gotten pictures up, but Brett over at the Art of Man is having a 30 day challenge for all of us guys out there – to become a better man. I encourage all of you to check it out and take the pledge.
Day one requires you to define your core values, well your top five in order of importance. Wow! What a way to start the process of becoming a better man. Needless to say this took a bit of thought and pondering on my part as there are many things hat I strive to do on a daily basis, but what you think down to the core of my existence and the values that I hold dear, it is not as easy to pinpoint only five.
For me, in thinking about this I would have to say that my five are in order of importance:
Both with family and friends. It is too easy to get caught up in the milieu of our daily lives and we forget what and who is important. I pledge to take the time necessary to be present and there for my family and friends, and work to make sure that I become an even better father, husband and friend to all.
Lately I have come to realize how fleeting our time on this planet actually is and it really comes to fly in the face of this time to hold back and harbor grudges and resentment toward others. We must take advantage of the time that we have and be honest with those around us; and this includes being honest with myself at times as well.
I am a huge proponent on service to others and I hope to be able to share this with others, including my family, but also my friends, and my professional and personal community. We are blessed to be given the gifts that we have, and we must share these gifts to serve others as best as we can.
Following what I stated about honesty, I try to make sure that no matter what I do, I sleep with a light heart and place my burdens aside each night. This includes forgiving others for the deeds that they have done against me. We only live once, and we cannot live with a heavy heart if we are to live at all.
For those of you that know me, this probably would not surprise you at all. As Education is my profession, I tend to live it and breathe it daily. Yet, when I say education, I wish to be a proponent of Education in all perspective. Personally, professionally, and for others. Life long education is important as if you are not learning something new every day, you are most likely in no small sense, dead.
So what are your top 5 Core Values? What do you hold most dear to your inner-workings?