When I see inequality in the world, I am visibly moved and affected. The only thing that makes me feel better is knowing that in America, we do value equality and many groups have been able to attain equality under the law on a collective level as well as respect on an individual level.
Introspection is a value that I deem extremely important and I believe it comes from a variety of sources from my parents to Oprah Winfrey and her progeny. My parents repeatedly advised me that it is alright to make mistakes as long as we reflect upon them and find a way to learn and grow from the errors of our ways. Furthermore, I have a closet addiction to watching self-help shows, buying self-help books, and following self-help websites. Inside of me is a budding psychologist who finds great pleasure in finding out the real emotional process behind a decision or a conflict.
Moreover, given that we live in a complicated and sometimes cruel world, a sense of humor is critical in order to survive and enjoy life as a journey even in its most trying of moments. I believe this value comes from all of the adults in my life whom had an interesting perspective and whom did not let lifes obstacles defeat them. The one thing they all have in common is a healthy sense of humor; and, Ive seen this humor amongst them help build solidarity and trust even in the most trying of times.
Revision of My Values: Criteria and Decision-Making Factors
My values are typically ones in which I have had for a very long time. In fact, I only recall changing one of them and that one is the recent addition of “honesty.
” Forever, I assumed that integrity subsumed honesty and that was enough. This was until last year when I discovered that my so-called better half could not have been spending the weekend with an old friend because in the obituary page that Saturday morning, I saw his friends picture. I was crushed and had to wait until my ex-came back from his weekend with his “old friend” in order to confront him regarding his dishonesty. He tried to deny it all with more lies until I showed him the paper. As such, I have added honesty to my list of values. I do my very best to be honest to others and like the Golden Rule says, then honesty should be given to me.
Potential Impact of My Values in Workplace
In recent years, psychologists have discovered “flow” or a feeling of complete and energized focus in an activity with a high level of enjoyment and fulfillment. It is said that individuals should find jobs which utilize their strength and promote “flow.” Accordingly, I believe that I would be best suited in a career that allows for the nurturing of the soul, the development or inspiration of moral character, the ability to learn and grow, and the ability use ones sense of humor during the work day. Accordingly, I would make a great Activities Director on a cruise line. Beyond cruising, I believe that my values will help me in the workplace because I strive to always do better and when I cannot do better, instead of letting it defeat me, I use my sense of humor to release and then my sense of integrity tells.