Five Good Reasons to Change Your Values …


Open Arms“Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.”

Dalai Lama

Well, that is the trick, isn’t it?

Accepting and moving through change is a constant in most people’s lives … and it always has been.  The time frame and the size of change seem to have shifted significantly, but human beings are always undergoing change.

We are born, grow up and mature, live, and die … a process of change as old as life.

We experience, reflect, and learn throughout that life.  We learn from doing, from watching, and from considering.  Even when the pace of change appears slow, we are learning the value of stability through experiencing that slower pace of life.

While much of the details of our lives differ based on where, when, and who we are born to, everyone faces challenges, upsets, joys, and loss.  We are more alike in the most important ways than we are different in the superficial.

Everyone gets a cold sometimes … and nobody enjoys the experience.

What is important, as so clearly stated above, is that our values should be relatively unchanging … with a few exceptions.  When your values …

… include hatred or enmity for others …

… place your comfort or well-being above the comfort and well-being of others …

… allow you to engage in behaviors that you would condemn in others …

… require sacrifice by others for you, but not by you for others …

… use words which are hurtful to other’s ears …

Well, then it might just be time to consider letting go of those values and creating some new ones.

Checking myself out against the list just to make sure I’m good to go in the Heartland ….

John

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