Refining My Core Values

The Good? 

The COVID-19 Pandemic is not a good thing, I believe we can all say that. However, it has forced me to look at what I consider to be important in my life and re-evaluate my values. 

The Bad? 

My previous post on my Core Values was too long and wordy. When I sat down and really looked at them again this week, they were more words to live by (which is not a bad thing), but honestly, I could not remember some of them, let's be real most of them.

What Was I Thinking? 

The way I look at life has changed just a little over the past couple of months. After looking at my Core Values post from January again, I knew that I needed to re-write them.  
  • Health
  • Honor
  • Dependability
  • Resiliency
  • Simplicity
Be Healthy – The pandemic and my age forced me to look at my physical/mental health differently and become honest about what works and what doesn’t for me.
Without my health, life takes on a completely different perspective and is not one that I would enjoy. As a result of the perspective that the Pandemic has provided, I have had to change what my goals are and how I will achieve them as I do get older. I am in my 60's and I cannot do many of the things the way that I used to and yes, I am much more aware of my own mortality - both of which are healthy. I am a bit wiser and will use that wisdom to keep learning new to me ideas, philosophies, approaches, processes, and even trying things that scare the shit out of me from time-to-time. Sitting on the couch rusting away, sucking on the boob tube or Interwebs, until I die is not being healthy. I will slide into the coffin after a life well-lived.
Be Honorable – I will do my best to do the right things for the right reasons and accept responsibility when I screw up.
I know the difference between what is right and what is wrong and will hold myself and others accountable for our actions and inactions. What I do when no one is looking says more about who I am than any words on the screen. Yes, the man in the mirror does judge me.
Be Dependable – There are no shortcuts to doing something correctly or seeing it through to completion.
I need to do what is required, not just the parts I enjoy or want to do. Being dependable to others and myself - whether it is in relationships, self-improvement, working around the house, etc., I need to commit to doing to the best of my ability and persevering to the finish.
Be Resilient – Shit happens.
I have to deal with what happens, whether I have control of it or not. I need to make the best of it and keep moving forward each time but also prepare for things that are within my ability to plan for or control.
Keep things simple – Less is often more.
I do not need nearly as much stuff or misinformation as the marketing professionals, propaganda specialists or other experts might want me to believe. When Fear of Missing Out (FOMO), news, processes or solutions become part of the problem in my life, I need to ask why. If I cannot explain something in simple terms or using facts to back up the claims - I will think about the changes that I need to make to make my life better. The K.I.S.S. principle is not politically correct but is often the correct answer to many questions. However, two is one and one is none very quickly, so chose wisely between simplification and minimalization.
The reality is that
I have a very good life and believe that reviewing what my values are, continues to be more than just words in a post to be quickly forgotten. While these values are a reflection of where I am now, I am comfortable with the direction that they will lead me. Might they change a little over time...probably, but I have a feeling that the changes will not be drastic ones, it will most likely be more tweaking of the descriptions than anything.
This post was written for and first appeared on One Foot In Reality. 


Lars-Christian said…
Thanks for sharing this Harold. Your thoughts have given me inspiration to reexamine my own values and beliefs.
Hshawjr207 said…
I hope that you find what you are looking for. I do believe that it is necessary to know what you stand for so that when you need to know the direction you should go it is a much easier choice. :-)