Values are important ingredients that help in guiding a person in the right direction. Browse through this article to know some important personal values in life that one should imbibe.
How would you define a value? A belief, a mission, or a philosophy that is meaningful, or a group of moral and ethical concepts that steer our behavior and our choices! Typical and confusing, just like our life, right! With heavy doses of numerous ups and downs, good sprinkles of challenges and tests, toppings of hardships and frustrations, and garnishing of peace and satisfaction, life comes up as a surprising recipe each day. But with the right values to live by, life can be happier and more rewarding. Truly quoted by Roy Disney, “It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are”, values can either shape or deface a person's life. They are these values that play a major role in guiding a person towards making the right decisions, thereby giving him/her feelings of contentment, confidence, and satisfaction. Values not only make life less stressful and more productive, but also help in making the world a better place to live in. Given here are the most important values in life to live by.
Important Values in Life
Love is the most important of all values in life, but is mostly misconstrued and misunderstood, due to its broad expanse. Only if you open your mind to love, you’ll find that there’s no purer thing on earth than love. It takes several forms—your love for your family, for your friends, for your better half and most importantly, for yourself. The single most significant and useful value, love helps conquer all difficulties and rise and shine. Only when a person learns the art of loving people and things, he/she can bring out the best in himself/herself. Take this opportunity of loving others and accepting love and see how things become favorable and positive!
The earlier this second most important value is instilled in your heart and mind, the easier and more fulfilling will your life be. Honesty forms the base of all other values. Had there been complete honesty within people, the world would have been a problem-free place to live in. The deceit-meter has gone so high up that people today don't mind fabricating the truth to gain undue advantage or move high up the order. Sham and pretense has taken the world by storm. In such a scenario, being honest may seem tough, but you need to understand that only by being honest, you’ll know that you are doing the right things and need not worry about the results.
What's common between people living far off in the Western world to those living in the Eastern part of the world? It is the desire to be respected by others for who they are. It is only when you shower respect to others that you receive respect in return. By respecting others, you would be enhancing your self respect and turning into a better person with each passing day. It follows the simple rule of give and take. The more respect you give, the more respect you earn!
Discipline is not merely routine, but accepting responsibility and more than that. The absence of routine gives way for discipline, along with becoming responsible. But the sad truth is that discipline and routine are often confused and interchangeably used. Unlike routine, wherein you have to follow a set rule of procedures repetitively, discipline offers you the opportunity of completing all work and duties, and indulging in fun and enjoyment, both at the same time. This balance of work and pleasure helps the disciplined person to come up with flying colors and results, at professional as well as personal level.
This difficult and challenging life makes sure that nothing seems easy for you. But if you stay determined and positive, you can fight back the cruelties of this life and achieve success. Without determination, achieving goals would be difficult and most of you would easily give up to the circumstances or look out for simpler paths that proffer temporary greener pastures. However, if you continue to emphasize on your willpower and determination, things will start falling into place sooner or later and you would reap long-term benefits. So, irrespective of how tough or impossible the situation seems, do not give up and be prepared to face any challenge that comes your way.
To keep yourself happy, you need to have a caring heart and understanding mind. You may have friends who often let their anger out, despite knowing that you had a reason for expressing your thoughts or pointing out a certain thing. It is only when you are ready to understand and accept such people and circumstances the way they are, you can turn victorious and win their hearts. Try and figure out ways to help them, instead of complaining and questioning their behavior.
Apart from the above listed values, there are many more which exist in us naturally, though we do not recognize them. Only when we acknowledge our personal values will we be able to create a happy world and lead a joyful life.
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Importance of Moral & Ethics Values in our Lives
“Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.” -- Albert Einstein
The moral values in life hold great importance from the point of personal, social and spiritual development. Values, morals and ethics are inextricably tied together. Values are what we learn from childhood; the 'stuff' we acquired from our parents and immediate surroundings. Values are the motive power behind purposeful action. Moral values are meant for making the quest to find the higher self an easier. Unfortunately, many amongst us may find it difficult to follow values such as truthfulness, honesty, forgiveness in our lives because we have not perceived the subtle gains that come to us by following these values. Or, maybe, we are careless to realize the importance of values in life. Ethics, on the other hand, are how we actually do behave in the face of difficult situations that test our moral fiber. Ethics are the code or principles on which one’s character depend.
Ethics and character are closely related. Values are essential to ethics develop at an early age and can be instrumental to building character.
The quality of our lives is not determined by the happenstance of genetics or by the influence of environment; it is not measured in material possessions or in the trappings of youth; it is not dependent on personality or social acclaim. On the contrary, the intrinsic value of the lives we lead reflects the strength of a single trait: our personal character.
Russell W. Gough, author of book titled: Character Is Destiny, describes the steps to personal growth from examining our lives to taking responsibility for our actions, from discarding selfishness to embracing the greater good, from becoming a better role model for our loved ones to finding the courage to do the right thing naturally and consistently. By cultivating the habits of virtue, we will strengthen not only ourselves but, more important, our families and our world.
Whereas, morals are the intrinsic beliefs developed from the value systems of how we 'should' behave in any given situation. Moral values are the standards of good and evil, which govern an individual’s behavior and choices.
“The preservation of human life is the ultimate value, a pillar of ethics and the foundation of all morality”. – Author Unknown
We Indians are very religious and we lavishly spend on religious celebrations and pray for our well-being. But we rarely bother for ethics without which we cannot move even an inch towards true religion or get any favour from God. In daily life, we conveniently forget the real spirit of religion and work for petty personal gains.
Ethics is a branch of philosophy dealing with values relating to human conduct, with respect to the rightness and wrongness of our actions and to the decency and wickedness of the motives and the ends of such actions. Every religion prescribes high ethical standards and values. But few followers pay any heed. We are deviating from true religion and focusing more on external rituals.
Ethical conduct is the foundation-stone of every religion. As per Sikhism there are five basic elements of ethics. These are: Wisdom, Truth, Temperance, Humility, Courage, Justice, and Contentment. Four of the eightfold path of Buddhism — right speech, right action, right livelihood and right effort —are all about ethical conduct. Chapter 13 of Bhagvat Gita elaborates the 20 values that Lord Krishna teaches Arjuna. These values are fundamentally necessary for a seeker to prepare the mind for the knowledge of the Self. One of these values is ‘Arjavam’ which means straightness, it means conducting oneself accordance with one’s ethical standard. ‘Arjavam’ means an alignment of thought, word and deed. These are the rudimentary requisites for proper practice of any religion. Ironically our concern for religion is conveniently oblivious of these elementary requisites.
Guru Nanak De Ji, founder of the Sikh Faith, was asked over five hundred years ago, as to which was the greater of the two religions prevalent in India then, Hinduism or Muslim? He replied that without morality both will be losers.
Spirituality can help us become better human beings if we follow the general moral codes with devotion. It prepares our body and mind, to receive God's inspiration. It also transforms our thinking, speech, and our actions that form virtuous habits that determine our moral character. One cannot be spiritual with out good character. Character is a combination of qualities that make an individual ethically admirable.
ਅੰਦਰਹੁ- ਝੂਠੇ ਪੈਜ ਬਾਹਰਿ ਦੁਨੀਆ ਅੰਦਰਿ ਫੈਲੁ ॥ ਅਠਸਠਿ ਤੀਰਥ ਜੇ ਨਾਵਹਿ ਉਤਰੈ ਨਾਹੀ ਮੈਲੁ ॥ ਜਿਨ੍ਹ੍ਹ ਪਟੁ ਅੰਦਰਿ ਬਾਹਰਿ ਗੁਦੜੁ ਤੇ ਭਲੇ ਸੰਸਾਰਿ ॥ ਤਿਨ੍ਹ੍ਹ ਨੇਹੁ ਲਗਾ ਰਬ ਸੇਤੀ ਦੇਖਨ੍ਹ੍ਹੇ ਵੀਚਾਰਿ ॥
Anḏrahu jẖūṯẖe paij bāhar ḏunī▫ā anḏar fail. Aṯẖsaṯẖ ṯirath je nāvėh uṯrai nāhī mail. Jinĥ pat anḏar bāhar guḏaṛ ṯe bẖale sansār. Ŧinĥ nehu lagā rab seṯī ḏekẖnĥe vīcẖār.
Those who are false within, and honorable on the outside, are very common in this world. Even though they may bathe at the sixty-eight sacred shrines of pilgrimage, still, their filth does not depart. Those who have silk on the inside and rags on the outside, are the good ones in this world. They embrace love for the Akal Purkh, and contemplate beholding It. -----Guru Nanak in ‘Asa Di Vaar’ (SGGS, Page, 473-15).
People in the Western countries may not be very religious, but by and large, they are honest in daily life. They have a high sense of integrity and they take pride in that. Whereas, in India majority of us have lost faith in our religious leaders so called professional gurus who are only after gaining prominence and luxurious living without divine realization. Should we lose faith in ourselves also and be carried away by the stream of unethical practices or stand upright? We ought not to forget that unselfishness, honesty and humility are more paying regarding contentment and spiritual fulfillment. If we follow this path that represents the true spirit of any religion, then we can serve our nation in a better way. Why should we follow professional gurus, who have lost moral values and are only interested in ‘name & fame’ and acquiring assets without any sense of responsibility? Believe me with adequate integrity, sincerity, devotion to duty and humility; we can improve our community as well as our quality of life. I can say that when we live our lives according to moral values that are based on honesty, compassion, courage, modesty, and forgiveness, then we can also form positive bonds with other people.