V – Values

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                                 “ Your beliefs become your thoughts,

                                   Your thoughts become your words,

                                   Your words become your actions,

                                   Your actions become your habits,

                                   Your habits become your values,

                                    Your values become your destiny.”

                                                Mahatma Gandhi

“Possessions, outward success, publicity, luxury  –  to me these have always been contemptible.  I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best for both the body and the mind.”  Albert Einstein

“Your time is way too valuable to be wasting on people that can’t accept who you are.”   Turcois Ominek

Value in life Value of worth

YOU are valuable!  Do you doubt your value? What adds value to your life…laughs, hugs, friends, silence, a furry body resting on your lap, a good book, the beauty of nature, volunteering, swimming, biking, hiking… what ‘makes’ your day?

Initially, I planned on writing about volunteering, as that is a “V” word too.  But you know what?  Most of all I value volunteering and other volunteers. I value people who care enough to help other people.  I value my time with these friends.  I value the differences between people too.  I love to see different cultures and see how people live and what they do.

Some people value the riches of the corporate world.  They value “things.”  They evidently did not hear the saying, “Money is the root of all evil.”  Children are disowned.  Children steal from parents.  People cheat others. Our values or standards slip.

What about your life is valuable… your children, grandchildren, wife, husband, brother, sister?  What about the serenity in your life?  Do you take the time to sit in the sunshine to read a book?  Do you enjoy watching the rain squalls blow through?  Do you watch the seagulls float over the bay or squawk at the Bald Eagle invading their turf?  Do you watch the rainbows dance in front of you?  Do you dance with your grandchildren?  Do you enjoy being the fun and funky person you are or do you look to hide in a corner?

Take the time to treasure your life and the small things that surround you as in a blink of an eye it will be gone.  Smile and talk to the staff at the grocery store.  Help a short person reach the canned goods on the top shelf.  Help a student or a homeless person.  Love your family.

Be of VALUE!!

 

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About Gwynn Rogers

After 20 years of sales and marketing experience in the fields of real estate, high tech, and corporate travel, Gwynn has moved on to the career of “Grandma.” When not teaching her granddaughters an extensive vocabulary of “alley-oop-boop, ups-a-daisy, cowabunga or bummer”, Gwynn can be found hunting for mentors for the Kitsap Youth Mentoring Consortium, or chasing her fantasies on her treadmill. Gwynn currently freelances for magazines.
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19 Responses to V – Values

  1. Susan Scott says:

    Queen, thank you, this is lovely. We forget too quickly those of value, or the sunrise as value, or the smile of a stranger of value, or the happiness of others as value.

    All the valuable things you mention above are of such value. The quotes are wonderful. And you dear Queen, are of great value. Thank you for being you.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Oh dear Susan, you do make me chuckle… sitting here in my nightgown and robe with my hair in disarray… trust me… I don’t look like royalty! 😉

      Stephen made an EXCELLENT point… that we all add value to the world that should be shared and not hoarded. He is SO correct… see what an amazing tapestry we would weave if we all shared our value in life!

      Thank you my dear friend for being the lovely supportive being that you are! Hugs… Gwynn

  2. Stephen Tremp says:

    We all have gifts and those gifts are to be shared and not hoarded. That is how we bring value to the world.

    Stephen Tremp
    A to Z Co-host
    V is for Vortex (the paranormal kind)

  3. I remember the day I “got it.” I was dealing with health problems, financial woes, infertility, and a failing marriage. One day I stood in my living room and said, “God, I have no idea what this is all about, but I’m going to be happy. No matter what.” It didn’t happen overnight, but through that commitment I found the real value of life. Through those difficult times, I learned how strong I am and who I am. Life is good!

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Ohhh Nadine, we DO have some things in common!! Learning the value of who we are is critical… as is being happy with what we have. Hope to see you this afternoon. As I posted, I am tall and now my hair is white and naturally curly. I’ll have navy blue pants on… I don’t what else I’ll wear at the moment. I’ll be helping Elizabeth. I’ll look forward to meeting you!!

      OOps… hit the wrong button.

  4. Gwynn Rogers says:

    Ohhh Nadine, we DO have some things in common!! Learning the value of who we are is critical… as is being happy with what we have. Hope to see you this afternoon. As I posted, I am tall and now my hair is white and naturally curly. I’ll have navy blue pants on… I don’t what else I’ll wear at the moment. I’ll be helping Elizabeth. I’ll look forward to meeting you!!

  5. I value and prefer the simple and unassuming life (OK, and my books becoming bestsellers), helping others and loving nature. I love hearing the birds sing in the morning this time of year — their cheery spring songs.

    Thanks, Gwynn. Your posts help give me cheer.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Keep marketing your books. See if you can get some press releases sent all over the country.

      To day I met one of the A – Z Bloggers as she lives in Port Townsend. She drove down today to come to Elizabeth’s presentation of her book at Barnes and Nobles. It was GREAT meeting Nadine. Actually, she is into eating naturally too. You might like her gardening Blog for A – Z. Nadine Feldman (See above). Anyway, Nadine wrote about the loss of a Grandchild. She interviewed and wrote about these losses. The people who read her book said it was a big help for any type of death. You might consider putting various caregiving experiences together too. Just a thought.

      By the way, I VALUE you too!! You are a special lady and don’t you forget it! Hugs, Gwynn

  6. pat garcia says:

    Take the time to treasure your life and the small things that surround you because in a blink of an eye, they will be gone. Your last paragraph says it all and you’re so right. One of my godsons’ has twins. They were born six months ago. I have been a part of the twins life since before they were born. And we have all noticed that whenever I visit, the twins want to sit on my lap, both of them at the same time! We all laugh about it (my godson and his wife) but today reading your post I see it in a different light, because I recognise how much I treasure that closeness with them.

    Excellent article, my dear Gwynn.
    Shalom,
    Patricia

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Your closeness with the twins and their parents is so important… to YOU and to all of them. It is the little things in life that we “don’t notice” that are important. Too many people don’t know what it takes to really make us happy as they think it is the big stuff that counts… NOPE!! Treasure your time with Hans, family, and friends. We don’t know how long we will have them with us. Hugs, Gwynn

  7. What do I value about my life? Is it a cop out to say that I value everything in my life?

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      HECK NO!! Too many people don’t value the little things in their life. If you are a happy camper with what you have… GREAT JOB! You recognize what is of value to you.

  8. You make extremely salient points here, Gwynn. It’s easy to ‘value’ material things, as we see them as problem solvers, but in the long run they create more problems than they solve. Life is way too short and precious to look anywhere else other than where it really matters, family and friends.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Silvia, you are so correct that family and friends matter. But what else brings you joy… the rainbows, the birds floating above the clouds, the silence after a storm, music on the radio?

      I ran into a man, I sometimes chat with, today who now ONLY owns a sailboat, where he lives, and his bicycle. The stress of running his business, a diving outfit, which brings in very little money became too much. Now he has a quiet life without ‘things’ and he is much happier. And I’m happy because he said he would take me sailing sometime!! The little joys in life that are of value to us.

      Thanks for bringing me joy and being of value to me!! 😉

  9. The full saying is the love of money is the root of all evil.

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