Living in line with my values has been part of my positive psychology practices for the last couple of years and is a foundation I use to sustain my happiness. But I don't always get it right.
When facing challenging life events, as I have been - it is all too familiar for me to focus on dealing with problems and trying to regain control, that I lose track of what matters most. I get wrapped up trying to control anything negative (or anything at all, really :-)) rather than living in the positive. I give myself headaches and sleepless nights. I worry about things like what color icing I should get on the graduation cake, my sense of urgency takes over and my list of things to do feels insurmountable. Sound familiar?
I bet it does! I know I'm not alone and that it is super common for people to lose touch with their values during stressful times, and people with a strong inner critic like me feel like getting off track is a weakness.
The good news is that it is never too late to reconnect. Getting there very often sees me asking myself, "How do I want to show up today?" Today, my answer is with ease and high vibes. I like ease because it helps ground me in going with the flow of life, and the phrase "high vibes" reminds me to treat myself and others with kindness. What values will you be living this Lovely Day?
Maybe a little Bill Withers can help get you going: https://youtu.be/bEeaS6fuUoA