Value:  something (such as a principle or quality) intrinsically valuable or desirable (Merriam Webster Dictionary)

“In order to lead a meaningful life, you need to cherish others, pay attention to human values and try to cultivate inner peace.” ― Dalai Lama XIV

“It’s silly to have as one’s sole object in life just making money, accumulating wealth. I work because I enjoy what I’m doing, and the fact that I make money at it – big money – is a fine-and-dandy side fact. Money gives me just one big thing that’s really important, and that’s the freedom of not having to worry about money. I’m concerned about values – moral, ethical, human values – my own, other people’s, the country’s, the world’s values. Having money now gives me the freedom to worry about the things that really matter.” – Johnny Carson

“When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier.” — Roy Disney

The other day, I spoke with my grandfather on the phone. We had a wonderful conversation and it was the highlight of my day.   If you don’t already do, I encourage you to do the same.  Our grandparents are full of wisdom and knowledge from life experiences and will only be around a little longer.  It’s a shame to think that some people do not appreciate their grandparents.  We got on the topic of attitudes and values.  My grandpa shared one of his lessons with me on how he has continued to stay positive and energetic despite his age.  He named 5 “V”alues that allow us to become our best selves.  Below is a summary of our discussion:

All Definitions from Merriam Webster Dictionary 
-Vim: Robust energy and enthusiasm.

In order to achieve anything in this world, it is critical to attack it with Vim.  Genuine, authentic energy will take you to places you never expected.  Energy and enthusiasm move the world forward. Strive to live each day with a sense of robust energy and enthusiasm.

Vigor: intensity of action or effect : force

Vigor can be another term for passion.  We know that passion is essential in our day to day.  But, why?  Passion drives us forward despite obstacles.  This intensity helps us become a light that shines on others.  People take notice.  They realize you mean business.  You aren’t messing around.

Vitality: lively and animated character/ the power of enduring

Without vitality, we would be boring.  The people with a lively personality make friends easier and can change more effectively.  They are fully alive in themselves and show it.  Also, vitality brings a sense of perseverance.  This kind of person can endure the toughest circumstances all with a smile on their face.

Vertical:  perpendicular to the plane of the horizon or to a primary axis : upright

Every day above ground is a good day.  Sometimes, it is easy to get bogged down in this world.  Disasters and tragedies occur almost daily.  There is an overwhelming sense of negativity.  Sometimes, reminding ourselves that we can stand and work can change our whole attitude about our day and lives overall.  Focus on being grateful for being alive and vertical.

Virtuous: morally excellent : righteous

It is critical to be ethical.  To live by a code of conduct that aligns with a system of values.  If each individual did not have a set of virtues, society would not exist and this life wold be a nightmare.  Choose your virtues wisely as they will define your behaviors and actions

There you have it.  5 “V”alues that can create a vibrant, exciting, productive, and long lasting life.  Do you have other “V”alues that you live by??  Comment below! As Always, Eat, Move, and Improve!

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