Values are wonderful. However, if they are not put in action they are nothing real. Values in action are called virtues.
I’ve thought quite a bit what do I value and so far I’ve been rather satisfied with these seven:
|Value||Virtue (value in action)|
|Love||Kindness, compassion, metta, forgiveness, mercy|
|Aspiration||Excellence, purpose, openness, curiosity, courage|
|Responsibility||Sustainability, effort, courage|
|Courage||Positive action despite of fear, growth, rightfulness, effort|
|Truth||Seeing the world as it is, open mind and learning.|
|Gratitude||Awareness, meditation, metta|
It’s not perfect, yet it shows what I value the most. While these I review every day, it’s not really the same as thoroughly reflecting and deepening the bond with these values and virtues.
When I read Frank Bettger How I Raised Myself From Failure to Success in Selling and Dale Carnegies How to Win Friends and Influence People, I picked up an idea from there that they picked up from Benjamin Franklin about the virtue list. A theme virtue for every week.
First six days are now in behind with the love theme. What the theme does, is forces me to contemplate further how do I practice each day and what could I do more. I’ve found it to work like magic.
What are your values? What do they mean in action? What are you willing to do and on the other hand what are you not willing to sacrifice?