Whether he meant them to be or not, when my father-in-law threw these items into the box at the back of his closet they took on new meaning. Did he ever think that one day I would go through the box and wonder?
For I did wonder at these treasures.
Why had he kept them? What meaning did they hold? What did they tell me about this man I loved and admired?
And so I examined Malcolm’s treasures.
“Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.” – Paulo Coelho
They spoke to me of a life of curiousity and passion, a life of many and varied interests. They spoke to me of values.
– A key whose lock may never be known.
– Images of heroes long gone.
– Pins, nametags, cuff links, so many odds and ends.
As I wondered about him, it lead me to wondering about you.
What do you value in your life?
When I ask this question I often hear answers that focus on external circumstances, but your values are internal and the source of a life well lived.
Values are who you are; not who you’d like to be or who you think you should be.
They’re who you are and not to be messed with.
So let’s begin an experiment.
For the next seven days, ask yourself the following questions and notice what comes up for you.
1. How did I honour my values today?
2. Were any of my values violated – whether I violated them or someone else did?
If so, what were they and how can I choose more wisely tomorrow?
3. What’s the learning from this exercise?
4. How specifically will this help me move forward?
Now imagine your life, day by day, becoming more fully aligned with what’s important to you.
My father-in-law lived his life this way; it’s what made him so extraordinary.
“Everyone on earth has a treasure that awaits him.” – Paulo Coelho
It’s not necessarily an easy way to live; it takes courage to walk this path.
But it’s so worth the effort.