Wow, can’t believe it is already December. The school year is quickly moving along as both staff and most students would agree. We all seem to have some type of an event going on nearly every day or night and we many times are simply caught up in the moment. During this holiday season I believe it is important that we all take a few minutes to reflect on our values on how we approach each day given to us. Below are few values to consider that I found from http:..www.thebridgemaker.com/.
- Appreciation. Taking a brief moment to say, “Thank You,” or acknowledging the exceptional job the restaurant server did when waiting on you is not only encouraging for the beneficiary to hear; it fills your soul with more appreciation too.
- Belief in Others. It can be your attitude; your resolve, that can lift someone up when they are down. Their doubt can be erased by your confidence. And something else amazing happens: belief is contagious– the more you believe in others; the more you will continue to believe in yourself.
- Caring. Caring for others, as well as self-care, allows you to extend a helping hand and to pass along some unexpected grace. When we take the time to demonstrate we care, we demonstrate the fact there are still plenty of good people left in this world.
- Commitment. Commitment shows loyalty and it can show bravery and tenacity as well. A commitment is a promise made and an expectation we have created. Honoring our commitments can make the difference between achieving what’s most important to us or feeling disappointed and defeated.
- Compassion. We are all part of this thing called the human condition. No doubt we have different skin colors, religious preferences and political points-of-view, but at the end of the day, we still need to take care of one another.
- Cooperation. Even the most complex tasks and assignments can be made simpler when we focus on the solutions-together.
- Courtesy. The next time you are approaching a door and someone is ten steps or so behind you, wait just one second longer before walking through. Instead hold the door for that one second. It’s amazing how something that can happen in a blink of an eye can carry so much lasting value.
- Dedication. No matter how the circumstances may change, unless you are in a physically or emotionally abusive situation, stay the course and never give up. I would rather be called a failure than a loser. Losers give up when things become to difficult. Failures are folks who have just not found success– but will. So, call me a failure if you like, because it implies I haven’t stop trying.
- Devotion. Some days are just naturally better than others. It’s the same way in our interpersonal relationships and in our faith. Things can get unstable at times, but staying the devoted to a cause or to a person through the uncertain times is our rock to grasp when our faith and our foundation is shaky.
- Effort. No matter the outcome, there is always value in the effort when the effort is authentic and well-intended.
There were many more values listed but you get the main point. Despite what we hear every day on the news there is a lot of good in the world. Please take some time this holiday season to reach out to your loved ones, friends, co-workers, and your neighbors to let them know that you value what they add to your life and that you appreciate them. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!