Monday, August 04, 2014

What You Value Is Who You Are

Tell me what you pay attention to and I will tell you who you are.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset
What do you care about?  How do you spend your free time?  If you ask my granddaughter what I like she will reply “books and music”.  There is no doubt that I love to spend much of my free time reading books and listening to music.  I am also a solitary person so I enjoy my time alone.  Throw in a good cup of coffee and I’m very content.  If you walked into my man cave you would see a lot of books, CD’s, and probably a coffee cup on my table.  This might sound boring to some of you who are more action oriented but I accept that I am probably a boring person to many.  I am happy to be left alone and allowed to simply be.  I get it that many of you are the total opposite of me.  I’m OK with that.  You are who you are.  However, I suspect that there are a lot of people who simply don’t think much about who they are and maybe not much about what they value.  If you could have the rest of this day off, and you had no pressing demands or chores that simply had to be done, what would you do for the rest of the day.  OK, I admit that along with the things I have already mentioned I would slip in a nap.  I had a very busy weekend.  My granddaughter was over most of Saturday and Sunday plus I had a family get together yesterday for a brother who is moving to another state.  However, let’s pretend we all got some rest over the weekend and slept well last night.  How would you spend the time today?  Would you choose a quiet day at home, relaxing, and doing something you enjoy?  Would you spend the day at the new outlet mall buying more stuff that you don’t need?  Would you go volunteer at your church?  Take a walk in the park or go work out?  Sometime today think about what you value and how you would spend your time if you truly owned all your time and you had the total freedom to decide how it was used.  What is it in your life that tells you who you are?  

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