Linking Our Actions With Our Values

There are 99 ways to think about the actions we take.

And I want to share with you one way that’s been instructive for me.

Our actions are a big part of how we communicate our values. To the world and to ourselves.

I order the least expensive drink at a coffeehouse. The barista makes it with so much love and attention. She’s communicating that she values this drink of mine.

A fan sits in the rain with a program over her head until the ninth inning has come to a soggy end. She’s communicating her love, her belief that miracles can happen.

Each day, we have 24 hours. But an hour is a big unit of time. So, let’s break it down even further. Each day we have 1,440 minutes or 86,400 seconds to take actions that communicate our values.

And these don’t have to be big actions like donating a kidney or running a marathon. These could be small actions that only take up a few of those seconds or minutes.

In fact, I would argue that those small actions – the ones we easily overlook – are some of the most important. History, after all, is written second by second, minute by minute.

So these could be actions like stopping to give a friend an excellent hug, savoring a big scoop of sweet ice cream, gently and firmly correcting someone if they mispronounce our name, showing up to a barbecue.

This all gets at one of my top priorities: to spend my time as a reflection of my values. And it’s kind of incredible to think that each second, each minute is an opportunity to do that.

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