It suddenly dawned on me that an important aspect of me feeling more alive is to live from my values. A value isn’t an ambition or a goal; rather it is a quality that’s innate to us that we hold most dear, such as kindness, creativity, or compassion. Why is this so important, do you ask?
When we act on our values, we demonstrate what is important to us! This means that our actions have a quality of purpose. Notice vitality comes from doing the things that you do. Vitality is the sense of meaning and purpose that you have from acting on your values! A vital life is one where you are having moments that are highly meaningful, which have come from moving in the directions that you have chosen to take. These moments may be pleasant and even joyful. However, they may also be painful at times. But what makes them vital is the fact that they are evidence of a life fully lived, moving in a direction that is consistent with your values.
In order to understand whether or not you’re living in accordance with your values, it might help to make an audit of where you’re actually spending your energy and attention, versus how you would most like to be using it. But being honest with oneself about the gap between now and aspiration isn’t always easy. We all have the opportunity to open the windows and doors and let the light in, so we can see the world as it truly is.
Be happy. x