We live in a world that changes constantly; from the business to political stances, technology, work environment and morals. Opinions fly everywhere, and all of us learn from what happens around. The problem is we learn from everything, everywhere, all the time. How do we know that the things we are learning, will actually help us become a positive, contributing member of society?
We want to be successful and happy, but when we take life-lessons from this fast-paced, ever-changing world, how do we know what we’ll become? We don’t. However, as a human, we can take some matters into our own hands. We can teach self values that will help us find true success in life.
Five values that all of us must learn include compassion, gratitude, integrity, commitment and patience. With these values, we can lives to reach the highest potential.
It’s hard, to look beyond ourselves. Because of the society in which we live, where we are taught to look out for number one, we tend to forget that others need our love and companionship. Living a life of selfishness can lead to isolation and bitterness. A life of compassion can lead to understanding, strength, friendship and joy.
Compassion includes selflessness, empathy, mercy, tolerance, kindness, love and charity. These values help us build positive relationships with surrounding people. We must find opportunities to show compassion. This may be through understand other people’s backgrounds — lessening judgment of others’ situations, do nice things for friends and relatives who are having a bad day, leading to feel more secure, joyful and self-confident.
It’s hard to be grateful for what we have when society tells us we need more. When we aren’t grateful for what we have, life feels less satisfying. If we teach us to be content with what we have and grateful for the little things that happen in our lives, We will be game-changing for our futures.
We must understand the beauty of gratitude. True happiness doesn’t come from the material possessions that society teaches us we need more and more of. It results from a security and confidence with life that comes from the attitude of gratitude, no matter the circumstance.
Integrity is a high level of honesty in all dealings with yourself and others. I’ve been surprised at the lack of integrity I’ve seen in working colleagues. Many do not understand that certain things, such as dragging a person down behind him, involve in sharing company information for personal favors, are dishonest. People have informed me things like that are only wrong if others will not do that.
A person’s ability to act with integrity will have a direct correlation to their reliability, responsibility and self-confidence. If he relies on cheating or sneaking to get what he wants, things may go his way for a while. Sooner or later, however, it will likely come back to hurt him and the people he loves. For example, he could be mistrustful since he knows he can’t be trusted. He could get fired from a job for cheating the company. A person’s closest relationships could be marred by lies and betrayal.
Some things take months or years to achieve, but most of us wouldn’t know that based on what we see every day. We live in an age of fast-food and high-speed Internet. We have computers in our pockets that give quick, easy access to any information we desire. It’s no wonder patience is becoming a lost virtue.
We can learn patience by learning to garden and patiently nurture the plants to help them grow. We can learn patience by accepting failure. we might not achieve our extended targets, master the professional things right away, or get an A on business reports, but as we continue to work hard to achieve our goals, we will learn the art of patience. Good things come over time, and the reward is so much better after heart and effort have been put into achieving the goal.
These days, so many practices are in place that allow people to be non-committal. Cohabitation practices are high. People run from job to job, trying to find the one that suits them best. And when the going gets rough, people tend to just quit.
The ability to commit to something and see it through is a talent that must be practiced. It’s easy to quit or to escape, be on job is the hard things in life. However, taking ownership and facing trials builds a strength that is necessary for living a life of fullness and joy.