I was hoping to share with you my two core values, integrity and fairness. I came to this conclusion after about four solid days of reflection, sleuthing, and rummaging. I noticed most of my thoughts revolved around questions that spring from my core.
For instance, I ask myself “is this equitable for all parties involved, can I hold my head up and know that I was fair with myself, and am I able to look at myself without guilt” whenever I consider others, search for solutions, provide a collaborative effort, reflect on my actions towards another, consider another’s perspective, or implement a boundary (just to mention some). This is something that occurs so innately I forget it’s there. Like a predetermined hardwire derived from the root of my BEING. Fairness, like integrity, is a driver of who I am.
Integrity is on that same innate level. It just presents itself as a thought. An example would be when I hear “you have to speak up because silence only wins guilts attention, negative that’s against my values, or you’re going to do the right thing when no one is watching because it’s the right thing. It’s challenging at times because it creates uncomfortable situations, but ultimately that leads to improvement. Just as doing the right thing when no one is looking leads to self love and self respect.
So yeah, those are my two core values and a little of why I decided on them. It was super cool to discover this about myself. I found the entire process uplifting and empowering; It’s such a reward to understand ourselves a little better than we did the day before. I gave myself a real gift here. Definitely a treasure box moment.
“Curiosity is unruly. It doesn’t like rules, or at least, it assumes that all rules are provisional, subject to the laceration of a smart question nobody has yet thought to ask. It disdains the approved pathways, preferring diversions, unplanned excursions, impulsive left turns. In short, curiosity is deviant. Pursuing it is liable to bring you into conflict with authority at some point, as everyone from Galileo to Charles Darwin to Steve Jobs could have attested.”
― Curious: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends on It