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    Core Values

    I've been thinking a lot about my previous post, about an integrity report, and the first step in that is figuring out my core values.  I asked some people for their thoughts on the subject, and it was interesting to hear.  Also, I mentioned James Clear before, and after I wrote my last post, one of his email newsletters talked about core values!  And he included a link to a Core Values list.  What interesting timing.

    I like that there are over 50 values that he's listed.  And I'm sure that there are a lot more that aren't on this list, but it at least gave me a place to start, a springboard to jump off of.  I decided to dig deeper and attempt to figure out my core values/what's important to me...It has to be more than earning a paycheck and surfing the internet.

    I'm not going to go through the entire list and comment on each one.  That would be a bit much.  But I do want to take a step back and define what "core values" means to me.  A quick internet search returned the idea that these are fundamental beliefs that help to guide one's behavior.  Hmm, okay.  I'll take that.  And maybe I'll add that these are ideas that are very important to me; I guess that's part of being fundamental.  Whatever.

    Here's what I'm going to go with as my core values, at least as of today, November 21, 2015:

    • Connection: I strongly value my connections with other people and with nature/spirituality.  I would be lost without my friends.  It doesn't mean that I see or talk to my friends every day or even every week; it could be a quick text message, a post on Facebook, something like that.  Also, I enjoy briefer connections, such as a funny conversation with a cashier at a store or that Starbucks employee who knows what I always order.  These exchanges help me feel visible, part of something.
    • Creativity: It might be writing a blog post.  Or a poem, which I haven't done in forever.  Or it might be coloring in a coloring book, or loom knitting a scarf or a hat.  Playing music - which I haven't done in forever - and appreciating music that I'm listening to.  I'm also going to add into this the idea of being open to, and appreciating, other people's creativity, such as: a Broadway show; a live concert; a book, or short story, or blog post, or poetry; hand-made items.
    • Humor: I was kind of surprised to see this on the list of the 50 core values, although I don't know why.  But yes, humor.  I definitely use humor as a coping mechanism, and also as a way to diffuse a situation when I am feeling awkward or uncomfortable.  But laughter is vital to me.  I don't know that I would still be alive without it.  And I appreciate others who can make me laugh as well.  I love the feeling when I laugh so hard that my sides hurt afterward.

    I think that's where I'm going to stop for now.  I'm sure that there are other things that are very important to me, but for right now, I want to focus and reflect on these three.  And see where it takes me.

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