Inspiration in my Inbox

I was recently cleaning up my email inbox and found an inspirational message that a very good friend sent to me.  It is so easy to get caught up in life, tasks, responsibilities, and distractions.  It was written by Regina Brett.  I have selected a few of my favourite quotes to share with you, but make sure you click here to read the full list.

 

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

13. Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

16. Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.

18. A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

32. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

36. Growing old beats the alternative – dying young.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.

46. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

48. If you don’t ask, you don’t get.

To This Day

I know that yesterday, I promised you that I would share my stories of the past two weeks of vacation, but I came across this video which I think is far too important to share. I have seen it in several different presentations, but this is by far the best. It brings tears to my eyes every time.

Please take the time to watch the whole thing because it is funny, heartbreaking, and inspirational all at the same time!

Have you identified your inner values?

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A few days ago I shared with you my struggle about not being able to identify my goals. However, in the process of setting my new goals I have realized that part of my struggles have been caused by my actions conflicting with my values.

As much as I hate to use Wikipedia as a reference, I find their definition of “values” is my favourite:

  • broad preferences concerning appropriate courses of action or outcomes.
  • reflect a person’s sense of right and wrong or what “ought” to be
  • tend to influence attitudes and behaviours

In the process of identifying my goals, I have also decided to share some of my values with you. I found a really neat website to help you create your list of personal values here at www.stevepavlina.com.

Some websites suggest that you choose 10 things from the list, but I don’t agree with this method because everyone is unique. Some of you will have more than 10 items on your list, some will have less.

I’ve decided to share some of my values with you below:

  1. Accomplishment
  2. Acknowledgment
  3. Amusement
  4. Comfort
  5. Connection
  6. Control
  7. Dependability
  8. Friendship
  9. Honesty
  10. Knowledge
  11. Nonconformity
  12. Reputation
  13. Sexuality
  14. Thoughtfulness
  15. Traditionalism
  16. Trust
  17. Wisdom

I think that it is an amazing experience to be able to identify the things that you value in your soul. It makes choices and decisions more clear since you won’t make a decision or set a goal that conflicts with your values. For me, for example, I wouldn’t make a choice to not celebrate Christmas because it would conflict with my value for traditionalism. That is a bad example because Christmas is one of my favourite holidays.

I hope you take a moment to create your own list and let me know about the experience in the comments below!