I've given myself this Copyblogger Challenge. The warm up for the year of challenges is to write about your values. I'm not in the mood to tackle something less than concrete right now. I feel frustrated, over burdened, and stuck in place. It's my values which are in part to blame. Values don't always make you feel good. They can be too much to live up to. But, the ideals still matter so we just keep on trying. Once in awhile things catch up, in a good way. Then you can take a breath, feel you have done well by yourself, and ... what? Self satisfaction is about it. If you go looking for, or expect gratitude from others, you're likely to be disappointed. People may be grateful but tend not to express it, or not express it in the way you wanted. Values have to be a thing you do for yourself, because that's how you want to live.
The exercise is to write out a list of 5–10 values that matter to you. Keep this list somewhere handy, and look it over from time to time. You might write about:
This writing is just for you, so write about what’s real, not what you think you should write.
- What the value means to you
- A quick memory or story
- Frustrations with the value
- Mixed feelings about the value