Day 456: Values

Today, values are very much on my mind.

I think it’s important to know what is valuable to you, especially when it’s time to make decisions.

This morning, in preparation for writing this blog post, I went to my Drawer of Valuables:


Here are some things I found there:


That’s from the back of my 9th grade yearbook.  I believe both the people whose quotes I am including here — Kathy and Jonny — might actually read this post. That’s something I value: connections that last. I also value those things that people I respect tell me, even if I can’t quite believe them.



The above is the first page of a notebook I started in the 1990’s, when I was considering changing professions — that is, leaving marketing and advertising to become a psychotherapist.  Each time I’ve made a career shift or change, I’ve taken some time to step back and look at my values. Also, notice the first sentence I wrote, which I’m particularly valuing, right now.



That’s a list of words my son was saying when he reached his first birthday. I value my son’s words (and non-verbal expressions), then and now.

It would be great to let my son have the last word here, but if I did that, the last word would be “bubble,” which, while a fine word, is not really on point. Also, I wouldn’t be tying in yesterday’s post (which was one of my main intents for writing today’s), where I asked people to guess what item in my local supermarket was valued at $4,796.80 per pound.

Here’s the answer:



Thanks to Kathy, Jonny, people I value everywhere, and to you — no fooling! — for visiting today.

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26 thoughts on “Day 456: Values

  1. Nomibug

    Haha, lovely post. And a good reminder for me to write down the words that Little Man is jabbering on about now 🙂

  2. Love that first line in your value statement about changing careers.

    And ah yes….. morels. Love them but man, are they pricey. (I was close! 🙂 )

  3. I like the way you left the morel of the post to the very end, Ann. Your son was very verbal at age 1. Where did he get that from, I wonder?

  4. I like how you kept a piece of paper from the 90’s with your thoughts at the time! Happy Tuesday Ann!
    Diana xo

  5. I don’t know whether it’s because I live in the UK or because I’m just ignorant, but I’ve never heard of morels. What are they?

  6. As usual a great post . I liked the first line from our 1990′ s diary as I myself need this advice quite often .
    I think the relationship between values and decision making is complex . Some of our values change with time , it might result in conflict between decision taken on previous values and new values . We have to live with the decisions we make .

  7. Sorry there was a typing error in my last post – from your 1990’s diary

  8. lundygirl

    Friends that last – very valuable.

  9. Wow! There’s gold in them there hills! Morels grow all around here…especially, in the spring. Now, let me think…what side of the hill do you find them on? 🙂 Great valuables, by the way.

  10. This is great!

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  12. I loved this post Ann, thank you so much!

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