To me, values are like a map that others can read to quickly understand who we are, what we stand for, and how we make decisions.
We draw this map with a combination of the words we use and the actions that we take. When we live with integrity, there is no gap between the two. But when we don’t, the lines of that map begin to blur, and that map becomes hard to follow for those around us.
Values are easy to follow when life is abundant in #time , emotional bandwidth, and financial capital. But the actual test happens when resources become scarce.
Do we stand firm in our values when things get complicated, or do we hide behind them when it’s convenient?
If our actions don’t mirror our words consistently, perhaps it’s time to redefine our values to make it easier for both ourselves and the relationships around us.