These are difficult times, but we are still called to bring our best Selves to the public square. We need values for difficult times!
That’s a challenge when our healthy outlets are gone…at least gone in the real or live sense.
More now than ever, it seems like everything’s abnormal and may not get better anytime soon.
Thinking about it we can feel the underlying tension from the demand to be our best in less than the best circumstances. And notice the pull to react impulsively to things.
“Souls are like athletes that need opponents worthy of them if they are to be tried and extended and pushed to the full use of their powers.”
— Thomas Merton
Values for difficult times make thing easier
Here’s a different challenge. I submit that everything that seems hard can be made less hard.
We have more alone time, more quiet moments, silence—than we ever dreamed possible.
Bring the power of silent intellect forth and aim toward values.
1.Create a vision for the future that is based on your values and thus greater than the present moment.
I had a directionless and limiting childhood, but I created the future I wanted to have based on values, discipline and intention. I not only did it, but I also point the way for others.
2.Develop the discipline to see your vision through. Make it a practice. Discipline doesn’t happen in a day but with every day’s effort. Use each day, every experience, and every encounter to add to your disciplined practice.
3.Be intentional. Slow down and take everything a bit slower, with more intention. Ask, is what I’m doing cultivating a healthy Self?
A life based on values, discipline and intention is not the societal norm. Be prepared for unsolicited feedback.
Also beware of negative, I can’t do it Self-talk.
Give yourself space to improve, stumble, come back, and triumph.
Write about your progress and challenges on the way even if you’re the only one who reads it, it’s valuable.
Follow Stephen King’s mantra, “writing is refined thinking.” Writing about workouts, progress, and new insights, even if it’s only a calendar, puts your actions in a new dimension.
“The ability to subordinate an impulse to a value is the essence of the proactive person.”
— Stephen Covey