Sunday, October 14, 2007

Making Decisions Based on your Values

I believe in the importance of defining your values. Simply stated, your values are what you deem as most important to you. When it comes to making certain decisions, the process becomes easier when you weigh it against your values.

Some of the things I value are: inner peace, physical health, creativity, and personal connection. Let’s say I’m faced with a decision: I need to decide whether I want to go white water rafting, or spend the evening with a close friend. The decision would be absolutely easy and obvious if I were basing it on my values. I would choose to spend a quiet, intimate evening with my friend. We could listen to music, talk about inspiring things, watch a movie, and maybe cook a healthy, delicious dinner.

On the other side of the spectrum, if someone had excitement and adventure as some of their values, they might have chosen white water rafting. Neither one is wrong or right. That’s why they’re called personal values; because they are tailored to each one of us, individually.

The example I gave is very simplistic. What about when it’s a big decision, like whether or not to end a relationship, or which direction to take in your career? Big or small, the decision making process becomes clearer and easier when it’s based on your values. A bigger example is deciding where to live. If you value spending time in nature, peace, quiet, and safety, you probably would not thrive in a major city. If you value lots of action, excitement, and a constant buzz of activity, you probably would not thrive in a quiet, secluded area. It’s quite simple when you break it down.

I believe it’s important to honor what you value most. When you do this, you are being the real, authentic you. And it’s the foundation for a fulfilling, enjoyable life!

What are some of the things that you value most in life? Do you find that you are making decisions based on your own personal values, or are they based on someone else’s vision? How do you see this as a valuable tool that you can use?

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Following your Passion!

You’ve heard it said, over and over: “Follow your passion! Do what you love, and the money will follow!”

What does it mean to follow your passion? According to several definitions on dictionary.com, the word passion is defined as: any powerful emotion; a strong or extravagant fondness; enthusiasm or desire for anything; ardent love (ardent: intensely devoted); boundless enthusiasm; (I like this one the best) an irrational but irresistible motive for a belief or action.

And what does it mean to love something or someone? The definition of love is: (n) a profoundly tender, passionate affection for someone or something; (v) to take great pleasure in (eg. To love music)

So to me, following your passion means to take part in what you truly and deeply care about. Sometimes it’s something that comes so naturally, you might overlook it. To follow your passion means to move in the direction of what you love.

There is one vital component: you must be true to yourself, true to your own desires, because your desires come from your soul. Other people’s desires for you are coming from their soul; that’s why they don’t fit you!

Often our parents, teachers, and other well-meaning people around us, will offer suggestions to us regarding our careers and other life decisions; especially if we tell them that we’re following our passion! They may think they’re being practical and helping us achieve a sense of “security” by getting a job in a big company, for example. But in my opinion, a sense of security comes when you follow your own inner wisdom; when you truly follow your passion and devote your life to what you truly love!


According to the law of Dharma (also known as the law of Purpose), our life purpose is where our gifts, talents, and passions meet the needs of the world. In other words, it means joyfully and passionately serving!

To me, that is the highest measure of success!

Many blessings to you!
Angela

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Welcome to my Blog!

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