This week was a good time to think about what you value in your life.
France’s President Emmanuel Macron delivered an impassioned speech to Congress this week about what he values and what he believes in. Hearing him speak got me thinking about my own beliefs and values.
“Our strongest beliefs are challenged by the rise of a yet unknown new world order,” Macron said. So true. There are so many forces these days that are testing our values and our beliefs — those we hold as individuals, and as nations.
That’s why I think it’s a good exercise for all of us to stop and think, “What do I believe?” “What do I value?”
Do you know what you believe in? Do you live your life according to those beliefs and values? None of us are perfect at walking our walk, but what I’ve found helpful is to stop and check in with one’s self and assess how one’s values and beliefs are lining up with one’s actual life.
Do you talk about saving the planet and then not recycle?
Do you talk about the importance of parenting and then look at your schedule and see that you are a workaholic?
Do you talk about women’s empowerment, but as a business leader, you refuse to provide paid family leave?
Are you a registered Democrat, but in your mind and heart you are more purple than blue and yet you’re afraid to register as an Independent? Or vice versa?
Do you talk about brain health and then not follow what doctors tell you? (My daughter told me to add this because I need to do a better job at what I’m telling others to do, like managing stress and eating less sugar.)