At the core of Spiritual values is the belief that we have have inherently within us all that we need to prosper. Spiritual values are reflected in what we think and what we believe about ourselves, others, and the world around us.
Spiritual values are energy that abide in us, and are carried in pure unconditional love invoked by connecting with God and the human spirit, transferred through our interactions and dynamically absorbed from those we share space and time with in a meaningful way.
Thoughts and actions motivated by how much we love God, how much we cherish life, our engagement in humanitarian efforts, genuine service to others, and commitment to our own self examination establishes the certainty of our Spiritual values. When there is a yearning from each individual to live from Spiritual values we begin to approximate the intended collective power of all of humanity.
Spirituality is an internal virtue and an internal state. Spirituality is something that is found deep within a person, born in a person, and develops in the person. We believe it is our way of loving, accepting and relating to the world and mankind. Externally, it is cultivated at home within a family unit, at school, through community leaders and places of worship. The discovery of your Spiritual values are guided by questions that examine what you hold important to you.
What do you value? What is truly most important in life to you? What would you rather die with than live without? You will learn a lot about yourself once you look at your values.
Health values are the principles that determine your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing and that of your family. These areas include nutrition, exercise, health care, health resources, human development, protection, and personal well-being. The core principles of health are built on a foundation of balance between your choices of eating, drinking, moving, resting, working, thinking, and being.
Family serves as a central reservoir for: Self-Knowledge, Family History, Relationships, Intimacy, Family Care, Extended Family, and Communication.
The purpose of a family is to support the growth and development of its members. All members of the family’s growth should be supported through the family, even the adults. Families are a key source of love, support, comfort, warmth, nurturance, protection, resource, and security, providing each member with a critical sense of being valued and a vital network of historical lineage, social support, resources designed to shape their understanding of where they came from, who they are and where their path is charted to take them. This is the crux of the family which successfully achieves its mission through the mastery of four key components: family leadership, family relationships, family challenges and family unconditional love, all embedded and rooted in family values.
Family leadership is influence, not control.
Appearance value encompasses three core components: Unspoken Communication, Purpose and Protection, and Inspiration and Individuality. Unspoken communication addresses how appearance is a perception of how people see you and how you see yourself. Your appearance may influence how people treat you and how they act around you. Opinions are formed based on how you look, facial expressions, motor movement, as well as hand and body gestures.
Regarding clothing, research shows that clothing evokes powerful messages transmitted through culturally packaged values and distributed by mass media in the form of advertising, images, fashion, and trends.
Dwelling value encompasses the physical structure, associated or connected elements, and the family atmosphere where you and your family live, grow, develop and nurture each other; moreover, it contains these 5 elements: Home Management, Home Investing, Home Care, Home Protection and Family Atmosphere. The physical structure addresses how creating and maintaining a safe, protected home environment for you and your family should be a leader’s top priority in life. The associated or connected elements of a home involves how a home is maintained if it is expected to last. Additionally, how associated elements, like bills are viewed provide insight into your mindset reflecting positive or negative values since bills, i.e., utilities of lights, gas, heat to name a few, can be considered a luxury, necessary evil or a cost of ownership.
The Family Atmosphere component of a home focuses on how your home is supposed to serve as a stable place where you and your family build emotional bonds, and weather storms together. Leaders set and influence ether overall tone of the home. The term man of the house means, “protector, guardian and respected leader of everyone who dwells at that location.” It’s an enormous responsibility and should not be taken lightly. Not only is a home a place where bills are created, accumulated and paid; it’s a comfortable environment encouraging the human ability to adapt, grow and change. Therefore, a dwelling is a transformation portal for its members, a habitation where a person lives and functions as they prepare for and deal with “everyday” life and their journey towards a meaningful destination.
Dwelling leadership is having the ability to LEAD and MANAGE everything regarding the physical structure where you and your family live.
Mobility includes the effective navigation of systems and structures within communities in order to deepen relationship building, engage in civic service, and leverage resources, knowledge and the collective talents of community to meet your needs and those of your family. Teaching others to do the same is critical, then and only then do we truly experience the essence of mobility.
Mobility value provides tremendous benefits for economic and social advancement, but it also provides benefits to the individual in strengthening their own sense of citizenship and belonging as he/she engages in the act of service through civic benevolence. More often than not, we see the effects of technological advances coupled with ease of mobility from one place to another in weakening social ties and connections. How can individuals and communities promote local and global movements and increase their mobility value while maintaining and strengthening social connectivity? Quite possibly the answer lies in recognizing that currency exchange of time, energy, resources, relationships are built upon networks that offer reciprocity. To efficiently engage in this currency exchange, the 10 Life Values teaches citizens about the importance of building strong connections and fostering relationships with elected officials such as mayors, city councilmen, senators and others, law enforcement, community influencers and decision makers. These networks can easily be overlooked but in order to strengthen Mobility Value they use be understood and leveraged.
My philosophy about Education Values, as disseminated through the 10 Life Values, are predicated upon the importance and emphasis you place on discipline, knowledge and learning for yourself and your family. These areas include: Personal Goals, Life Skills, Growth & Development, Formal Education and Informal Education. The striking feature of education, both formal and informal, is that it provide the knowledge for us to understand ourselves, the world around us and our ability to navigate systems to increase our outcomes of advancing in life. In short, education helps us to gain enlightenment and create change for something better. Specifically education, through the lens of the 10 Life Values, sharpens our perspective of life, and equips us with the tools needed to be objective and articulate about the issues that affect every aspect of our lives. We live in an information rich age where we can acquire knowledge about everything like lightening speed simply from the touch of a button on our phones or computers. However, what is still lacking is education which affords us the ability to interpret and understand the context in which the information ought to be consumed and digested.
The 10 Life Values guides you through a process of determining the meaning of life interns of Discovery, Fulfillment, and Legacy in developing your Profession Value. The Meaning Of Life: Discovery – addresses your purpose in life. If you want to discover your true purpose, you must first empty your mind of all the false purposes you’ve been taught, including the idea that you may have no purpose at all. A person without a purpose, may find themselves fulfilling the dreams and hopes of someone who has one. The Meaning Of Life: Fulfillment – discusses the relationship between who we are and what we do. We take an intimate look at the current notion of whether men and/or fathers are significant in the views of today’s society and how this impacts our children. We discuss the roles and relationships of both parents in the past and current expectations, and the various ways to overcome stereotypes. An important component of this discussion include an examination of our life dreams and how we perceive ourselves. The Meaning Of Life: Legacy – addresses the many different ways to create and leave your legacy. When you share the story of your life, you open a window to past events and make them real for your children and grandchildren. Those who hear your stories gain a sense of knowledge and identify how they fit into their family. Your legacy can provide a sense of history, connection, and the preservation of values.
Leisure leadership influences others through showing and teaching yourself and your family about the importance of understanding personal freedom, self-discovery and growth through leisure. It’s time to unwind, relax, rejuvenate and allow your creativity to deepen. If your leisure does not produce these results you might want to consider some alternative activities. Leisure Values are reflected in the activities you and your family use for recreation or to reward yourselves after a worthwhile goal or obligation has been accomplished. The areas of focus in the 10 Life Values Leisure Value are Stress Relief, Goal Rewarding, Vacations, Holidays & Events, Family Gathering and Entertainment.
Three areas of emphasis within Leisure Value are: (1) Freedom: The Power of Discernment, (2) Self Discovery: Love, and (3) Growth: Time, Talent and Treasures. Freedom: The Power of Discernment we address the two types of freedom – freedom from and freedom to. Freedom from refers to “freedom from physical constraints, such as labor obligations, activities or work.” It also refers to, “Mental obligations like planning and goal setting, or adjusting to stigmas and pressure.” Freedom to refers to, an individual’s freedom to choose what they want to do.” Therefore leisure is a two-fold experience of being free from constraints, and also for an individual’s discernment and freedom of choice. Self-Discovery: Love address how to discover love through parenting and the need for reciprocity. To an excellent father or mother, love simply means, “making someone or something a priority in his life without effort.” It is something we make time for, and something we cannot imagine our lives without. Experiencing leisure is about discovering what we love and who we love. As we discover love, we can choose to do things that are personally and mutually pleasing, intuitively worthwhile, and within our abilities. Growth: Time, Talent & Treasures allows for discussion which addresses how leisure provides a basis for faith in our abilities, the activity we participate in, and other people. We discuss the confidence we gain through talents and experiences, and how it can carry over into other settings such as school, social life, work and community involvement. We also discuss how properly enabling leisure helps us stay balanced, focused and successful in all areas of our life.
True wealth and prosperity have a spiritual basis. Wealth accumulation and giving are a spiritual practice, not a mechanical obligation.
The central principle about Wealth Value taught in the 10 Life Values is that wealth is an encompassing term used to define the accumulation of what you and your family consider as valuable. It includes monetary value, resources and personal treasure. These areas include: Assets, Monthly Budgeting, Banking, Investments, Credit Management, and Tax Strategy. Therefore, while wealth includes financial wealth and tangible, it is also intangible and includes wealth of love, wealth of knowledge, wealth of ideas, wealth of advice, wealth of compassion, which is energy and continues to grow when it is invested in others. The working principle here is that like all the Life Values that preceded it, Wealth Value is energy and when it flows it can be measured and exchanged in the form of currency and other non-tangible assets.