Values are important by definition. The very word means something that has worth. With the diversity of cultures in the world, values will certainly change from one person to another. These differences do not change much, though. At the end of the day, there are certain mindsets that will benefit each and every individual no matter what his or her background. Indeed, even if you go from one country to another, you will find that these values are held in varying regard.
Love could very well be the most important of all values. Love covers such a broad expanse that it is easily misconstrued and misunderstood. However, if an individual opens his mind to love in its purest sense, things on this earth might just become better. Love takes on many forms. There is love for your partner. Love for your family. Love for your friends. Love for other people in general.
Believing and living in love brings out the best in yourself. It also brings out the best in other people. While you may be thinking that it is not as simple as that in real life, just take a look at people who have opened up their lives to love. They have made things simple and have impacted their worlds in a positive way.
Honesty is another value that should be instilled in people as early as possible. A lot of problems in this world could be avoided if only people put more stock on honesty. It is not easy to be honest in this world where people tend to cover up their mistakes just to save face or to get ahead of others. However, honesty means being able to accept that you are not perfect – no one is! Being honest means that you are able to accept mistakes; that you do your best to avoid mistakes but that if you do commit them, you will be an adult about it and face the consequences.
Having respect for variety of things and ideals is an important value that should be learned by children. There is respect for authority. Respect for parents. Respect for other people in general. People who live a life respecting themselves and other people will not take the liberty to do things that will inflict harm on anyone.
Not only that, but respect also helps you to see other people in a more realistic light. If you respect others, you can accept that they are human just like you and that they make mistakes – just like you. In spite of that you do not look down on them and take them at face value instead.
Disciplined people get results, but not simply because of routine or rules. Discipline means taking on the responsibility that you have in life while not foregoing the pleasures of life. A disciplined person will not deprive himself of enjoyment but at the same time will not shirk from his duties, whatever they are. Naturally, discipline as the lone value will not really make much of a person. That is why it should be combined with the other values mentioned in this list. At the end of the day, discipline will provide the balance that every individual needs.
Those who are determined will find that things have a way of falling into place sooner or later. Determination is a surefire way of achieving success in this difficult life. No matter how fortunate one is, no matter how rich one is, one will always encounter challenges in life. And, without determination to achieve one’s goals, it would be so easy to give up and choose another path. On the other hand, if a person puts importance in determination, he will reap the rewards.
Some people mistakenly think that only those who are well off can afford to be generous. If you think that way, you couldn’t be more wrong! Even the poorest people can afford to be generous. Generosity is not only about monetary or financial ability but also about being giving in spirit. You can be generous with many things such as time. You can share your time with other people who need it. You can be generous with knowledge and information. You can be generous in so many ways. The important thing is that if you are generous in spirit, you will find that what you give you away will find a way of returning to you.
This is by no means THE ultimate list of important values, but anyone who makes these six values a priority will live a life more fulfilling than one who does not. And, as a parting reminder, it is crucial to bear in mind that balance is the key. If one puts too much stock on one value without considering the others, it is very easy to slip and make a mess out of one’s life.