Words are our most powerful way of communicating. Pay close attention to them.
~Psychology Today Magazine
The words we use represent what matters most to us. Living in alignment is when our thoughts, words and action are in harmony. On a daily basis, most of us strive to live in harmony with ourselves, our loved ones and the world around us.
However, it is easy to get pulled out of alignment when we feel overloaded with commitments and responsibilities or when we experience stress and anxiety. Simple daily reminders can help keep us on track and remind us about what is most important in our lives. It’s always good to have check points that pull us back into alignment.
If we were to take an inventory of the values that matter most to us, what words would spring up on our list? The most common core values that can be found on the internet are:
Achievement, Adventure, Courage, Connection, Creativity, Dependability, Determination, Friendship, Health, Honesty, Independence, Integrity, Intelligence, Kindness, Learning, Love, Peace, Security, Simplicity, Sincerity, Success, Truth, Understanding, Wealth
This is just a little glimpse into the personal values that many people believe are most important, but there are many other core values that are not on this list.
Using this list as a starting point, which values mean the most to you in your life? Are there any values that are not on the list that also matter to you? Although we can all create a list of core values that we live by, there are times when our thoughts, actions, and the words we use do not align with what matters most to us.
Neila Steele and I love to put a simple, but effective strategy into action in our house that is not only fun to do, but helps to constantly remind us about what is most important to us and our family.
The Chalkboard Wall
For years we have always made sure to have at least one chalkboard wall in our house. We presently have two walls devoted to being a chalkboard space. You can find chalkboard paint at any home maintenance store.
After buying the chalkboard paint, choose a wall that you want to devote to being a chalkboard space in your house. It should be a space in the house that is highly visible. We use the wall just inside the front door of our house on the first floor and the wall at the top of the stairs.
We enjoy being fun and creative with our chalkboard wall, but we use it as a place to display words that matter to us. For example, it can be lyrics to a song, an inspirational quote, or an important question that we need to think about.
Our general rule of thumb is that whatever goes up on the wall matters and helps remind us about what is most important. Being surrounded by words that matter helps us strive to be more aligned in our thoughts, actions and words.
If you do not have the space to create a chalkboard wall, you can use anything to record your thoughts and words on and post them up in an area of the house that has high visibility (your front door, the bathroom mirror, kitchen cupboards etc.).
Purposeful design of your environment can really help to prioritize the things that matter and can be an ongoing fun and creative project that keeps you and your family busy.
As you reflect on the values that matter most to you and your family, how can you make these words more visible in your home as a reminder of what is important to you?
Thanks for reading.
Neila Steele & Andy Vasily