I periodically review my values just to see if they have changed. I have noticed that they have been fairly consistent for the last decade, probably since I am older and wiser and more confident in who I am. Right now, they are as follows:
Authenticity is probably at the top of my list of values. When I was young, I called it the "spark". I have spent a lifetime in self-realization and awareness, and I don't have time for relationship games <board games and card games are another story!>. I respect and admire people who are willing to be real; who are enthusiastic and passionate and accountable even if I don't always agree with them because at least I know where I stand with them.
Freedom is way up there for me. It colors every decision I make and I truly believe it goes hand in hand with simplicity. When we have "less" we are more free to be flexibile and spontaneous without having to worry about extraneous "stuff". I still honor my commitments; I just no longer think in terms of "forever". Things change in the blink of an eye whether we want them to or not and I like to be ready for anything.
Ease is a newer concept for me, but becomes more important the older I get. It is so effortless to be in the flow of the universe rather than worrying about being "right" and constantly fighting battles that really don't matter in the end. It means trusting my intuition more and using my discernment and cooperating for the best outcome for all concerned even if I don't get my own way. It ultimately means being patient and using common sense to find balance and simplicity in all things.
Love as a value for me is all wrapped up in trust and vulnerability and loyalty and reciprosity and honesty and dependability and affection. I am still working on all that, but at least I have unconditional love from my cats!
Joy is last but definitely not least! Laughter is a must for me, and spending time with those who are fun-loving and light-hearted is a priority for me. Spending time in nature and appreciating the simple pleasures in my life is a fountain of self-renewal that keeps me grounded yet curious and open to new experiences.
So what are your values? Does your outer life reflect them?