Reflections

by

Kathryn Robinson






                              






HUMAN VALUES

Values, although abstract, serve as broad guidelines in all situations. The decisions we make are a reflection of our values and beliefs. Life is good when decisions, behaviors and lifestyles match good values.

Each of us holds numerous values with varying degrees of importance;

    LOVE is one of the most powerful forces of living. It is     unconditional, especially if it follows the love that God has for       us all.

    HONESTY refers to attributes such as integrity, trustworthiness     and straightforwardness which help to build character needed
    for genuine service to God and to others. It gives one a peace 
    of mind.

    TOLERANCE makes it possible for individuals' values or beliefs     to coexist, as long as they do not defy moral values. It respects     the universality of human beliefs by promoting free exchange
    of ideas. Another description of tolerance is "harmony in
    difference".

    RESPECT makes the world a nicer place. All that is required is     treating people the way we like to be treated. This includes:

        1. Being sensitive to the thoughts and feelings of others
        2. Listening to others when they speak
        3. Showing appreciation for other people's background
        4. Learning how to apologize and make amends
        5. Using kind words as often as possible
        6. Respecting opinions of others, even if we disagree

At the end of life, how we have dealt with others is the thing that counts.