Posted on Tuesday, November 29, 2011
in Emotional, Financial, Values
When I was a child I loved black licorice, cherry licorice, chocolate, and, well, almost all candy. Candy was tasty, and in short supply in my house. Candy, I believed, brought me happiness. I wanted candy, and I needed cash to buy candy.
I picked up pennies in the ground, checked phone booths and candy machines for unclaimed change. I was always on the lookout for stray money.
When I was eleven or so I went with a youth leader and a group of boys for pizza. I must admit I’m not certain what my previous experiences were in restaurants, but I know what I did that night.
Amazingly, as we were exiting the restaurant there sitting on the tables was money. Just sitting there. A dollar here; dollar there, and no one seemed to notice. I was small and fast. I quickly grabbed up all the money I saw without anyone noticing. I turned to John, the youth leader, with delight in my eyes, “Look! Look at all the money I found!” I was thrilled and wanted to share my joy.
John seemed a little confused and said, “Where did you find it?”
Unaware that my response might alter my circumstances I replied, “It was laying n those tables!”
As you can imagine, John tried valiantly to explain that the money was not mine, it belonged to someone elses and just unclaimed.
I valued money and happiness. John valued those as well, but he also values honesty and integrity.
Values are the things that are most important to us.
What we do, what we think, what we invest in exposes our values; like it or not. I added “like it or not” because I know, I KNOW, some of the ways that I spend my time and money reveals things abut me that I don’t like.
Let me back up a step.
What matters most to you?
What are your highest values?
Below is a list of values many people have. Choose five, let’s call them your “Top 5″. If one of your “Top 5″ isn’t in this list, add it. You can have a write-in vote.
Happiness, Religious Beliefs, Fairness, Caring
Family, Peace, Self-Respect, Recognition
Security, Learning, Courage, Variety
Self-Discipline, Integrity, Physical Fitness, Loyalty
Friendship, Creativity, Beauty, Rebelliousness
Fun, Humor, Adventure, Conformity
Love, Honesty, Personal Growth, Hope
Think it through, what values are your highest and why?