Imagine has been a powerful conference for many of us. The problem with conferences however, no matter how powerful they are, is that they are limited in scope- our everyday life catches up with us quickly. So if you made it to continue reading this blog, congrats for not letting the rat race catch up with you!
My entries this week will be around personal development. How can we live a more conscious life, make the right decisions for ourselves, plus find the energy to put them into motion? If you figured out the right formula for that, send it to me, and I will happy to post it here for you. .-) If not, I look for ward to some open discussion about this topic.
Maybe you remember that we had a session on Finding my Values in the Open Space Session. I am working on the output these days. Juliane helped me here by providing her notes as a photo-protocol -the flipchart go lost. But her notes looked more in order than my flipchart-writing anyway!
One question we discussed there was about displaying our values. When giving trainings on Personal Development, I notice that many people are reluctant to share their values with others after they wrote them down for themselves. And that is also the question I would like to ask you personally: If I asked you the question: What are the five most important things in your life right now- would you post them in this blog, for the world to read? Would you at least hesitate?
I believe that many of us still see our values as something we need to protect. As something vulnerable, that could hurt us if other people used them against us, or at least as something very private. Maybe we are also afraid to be misunderstood with something as fundamental as our values.
I believe however, that the leaders who had the biggest impact on society had one thing in common: They displayed their values openly. I also believe that the people we admire most are all people from which we believe that they live out their own values in their best way possible. Our values, then, are not a source for vulnerability- they do not need to be hidden and protected, but the need to be lived. For values are a source for strength. I strongly believe that we cannot change the world according to our values if we keep them private.
The world would be a much nicer place if all of us shouted around and lived our values, instead of trying to hide and protect them. What do you guys believe?
P.S. The most important values in my life right now:
1. Support my family
2. Helping others to develop their personality
3. Promote understanding amongst different cultures
4. Strive for a sustainable world
How about you?