Assessing your values is a great way to plan your time, energy and resources. It’s important to look at what is most important and then at your Life to see if your Life reflects that value structure.
But how often do we get pulled off track by what is going on around us? For example, we might think that ‘Family’ is a very high value but all of our time is going to work or sports or entertainment or whatever and what is left over is all we give to our family. We might have so many organizations that we belong to that we don’t have an evening free for ‘date night’ with our partner. We might be working so long and hard that we are too exhausted to call our mother or play a game with the kids. There could be many more examples.
But, you might think, I have to do all those other things. Do you, really? Think about your Life, the one with the capital ‘L.’ Have you fallen into unconscious patterns that SEEM to be the way things must be? Have you examined those ‘musts’ to determine if they really have to be that way? Or was the decision made a long time ago, under different circumstances, that that was the only structure that was possible?
Living a Conscious Life requires us to be mindful at all times about the source of our decisions about our Life. Are we watching the news and making decisions based on some perceived threat? Are we watching changes happen and feeling threatened, fearful, gleefully delighted in someone else’s misfortune, judgmental? Really assess what is going on in you as you listen to reports of current events. How do these events relate to you?
I know that we think we need to proceed along a path that’s been started because we were taught about perseverance and persistence, that good ol’ ‘stick-to-it-iveness’ that was valued. But once we have been set upon a certain course there might be new information that arises, or new circumstances or a different perspective that cause us to re-examine whether that course is still the right one for us or if there might be a better one based on the new insights. Being able to change or course-correct is a sign of living a Conscious Life. Being unable to change or course-correct is a sign of stubbornness.
Now I am not judging anyone here, but if you are not open to the possibility that you might be called to shift where you are going then you are not really living a Conscious Life. Every step you take must be taken with care. Every decision must be based on careful thought. When you are flying an airplane you don’t stubbornly stay on course if there is a huge thunderstorm looming ahead of you, you shift according to the new information that is in front of you. It’s the same with Life.
But on what do you base your decisions? This is where assessing your values can really lead you forward in your life path with confidence that you are basing your choices on what really matters to you, on what is important to your Life and your Purpose.
Don’t be distracted by the news or the stories that you hear. Go inside. Figure out how to make decisions from a place of conscious consideration so that you can have confidence as you move forward. It is important that you learn to be able to course correct when you must but to base that course correction on your values and your inner guidance, not on the external news reports!
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