Monday, November 7, 2011

Step 8 - Consider what you value most

Day 8 of the National Blog Post Month challenge where I’m writing a blog post every day along the theme of 30 Steps to Happiness and Contentment.

It's good to take a step back every now and again and think about what you value most in your life.  Sometimes we get so bogged down in our day to day lives that we forget the most important things.  The things that make sense and give meaning to our lives.

I recently attended a Writing Course and one of the the exercises was entitled 'What I Value about my Life so Far'.  This is what I wrote: 
There are many things I value about my life.  I value my health as I’ve been fortunate enough to be healthy so far.  I value my husband – I was lucky enough to meet him at 18 and whilst we’ve had our ups and downs, I’ve been spared the heartache of relationship break-ups that so many around me have to bear.  I value my parents as I appreciate how lucky I am to have the unconditional love and support they have always offered me.  But without doubt my 5 children are the things I most value about my life so far and I can’t ever imagine valuing anything higher.  I value the fact that I was able to bring these 5 healthy, intelligent and beautiful children into the world.  I feel privileged that I can help to prepare them for adult life and hope to be there for them always.
Why don't you take some time to write down the things that you value most in your life.  Whenever you feel lost, confused, down or disillusioned you can think of them to bring your thoughts back into perspective.

You might be interested to read the other posts in this series

Step 30 - The Key to Happiness and Contentment
Step 29 -You are the master of your own destiny
Step 28 - Don't give up on a good relationship
Step 27 - Don't Judge , Live and let live
Step 26 - Don't Worry, by happy
Step 25 - Never give up
Step 24 - Get by with a little help from your friends
Step 23 - Go with the Flow
Step 22 - Enjoy the moment
Step 21 - Love what you do
Step 20 - Forgive and Forget
Step 19 - Unconditional giving
Step 18 - Smile and the world smiles with you
Step 17 - Work to live, don't live to work
Step 16 - Surround yourself with Positive People
Step 15 - Always look on the bright side of life
Step 14 - Where there's a will there's a way
Step 13 - Silence is Golden
Step 12 - Feed your Soul
Step 11 - Follow your Dreams
Step 10 - Use your time wisely
Step 9 - Don't be too hard on yourself
Step 8 - Consider what you value most
Step 7 - Find time for Yourself
Step 6 - Make time for Family and Friends
Step 5 - Don't take yourself too Seriously
Step 4 - Feel the Fear and do it Anyway
Step 3 - Love what you Hate
Step 2 - There's no such word as CAN''T
Step 1 - Find the Best in Every Day


  1. I can't imagine any mother choosing anything but her children to value most, although health is another biggy. And a good relationship. These posts make a good collection - you could have them on a stand-alone page afterwards.

  2. Kid's defo at the top of my list .... I think for any mum. Just watching them unwrap their halloween morning sweets, such a labour of love, they look so cute - and the sweets are going to last until Christmas!!!

  3. Yes of course I'm sure every mother would put their children as their No 1, at least you'd hope so anyway.

    Good idea Midlife Singlemum to put the post together on a separate page - I think I'll do that. I was intending to expand on them and make it into an e-book, we shall see....

  4. It's a lovely idea to write these thing down. I guess that's part of what blogging is all about - preserving memories.

  5. Thanks for the mention (Writing Course). Yes, it is good to take the time to evaluate your life. Sometimes we're so busy living it, we don't appreciate it. Every time we write about the good things, we're writing a thank-you. And, as for the not-so-good things, we're getting them out of our system. That's how I see it anyway.

    Your blog is an example to all would-be writers. Keep that muscle flexed. Sue xx

  6. Yes it's good to get the not so good things out of our system from time to time Sue. Thanks x