Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
— Proverbs 22:6
Recently, upon reading the entirety of Proverbs 22, I began to reflect upon the family in which I was raised. At the center of my reflection were these questions: What did it mean to be a Bellamy? What were our core values? How do those core values impact how Preston and I shaped our family?
Looking at each of the proverbs, I pondered: What core values are suggested here? Was it a part of the values I was taught? How? Where? By whose example?
Of course this led me to further reminiscing, mentally revisiting vignettes that illuminated what it meant to be a part of the family I love so dearly. What did the ways the adults who were the center of my life start me off in the way I should go? What happened when I departed from those values?
Here’s the deal. Wherever you are, there you are. In your relationships, in your career, in every aspect of your life, your
core values, those deeply held beliefs, drive your actions. They are those guiding principles at the core of you that inform who you are, what you want, and who you want to be.
When I am called to coach a business, organization, or school that wants to strengthen their community, we always start with the hard, but necessary work of identifying core values. It’s important to know what it means to be a part of a unit, to know whether or not members actually fit. It’s important to have honest conversations about these traits. They are the foundation upon which a group’s vision and identity is built.
Where are the places in which you feel off-balance or out of sync? On your job? In your civic organization? In your relationships? Perhaps it’s time to stop and identify your core values. Time to determine “who we are” as opposed to “who we say we are” to assure that you are going the way you should go.
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