“If you don’t stick to your values when they’re being tested, they’re not values: they’re hobbies.”
— Jon Stewart
Out of the mouths of babes and comedians . . . .
We’ve all made choices in our lives that don’t conform to our values. Take a sobering moment to look back at some of those times.
Most of us aren’t too happy when we confront ourselves as hobbyists. Alarmingly, most of us learn to rationalize, developing a Hobby Lobby that out speaks our Value Lobby.
There are lots of very good reasons for our compromises. “I have to keep the roof over my head and feed my children” are two of them. Rather than question feasibility, cue the cheerful music and find some less life-threatening places to examine for change.
Last year’s numerology series explored what we hold sacred (at the bottom of the post, you’ll find links to the entire year). Self-expression, the community, our material possessions, how we build our business are all arenas to consider when you look into your values.
Where’s a place in your life where you are only smalls steps away from passing final exams? What steps can you take to move from dabbler or amateur to solid professional?