What makes you the person you are today? There are many factors that have some kind of influence on you while growing up; family, friends, education, travelling,… Factors that I personally think are important in life can be summarized as ‘values’. Some people don’t really care about values or haven’t really thought about it. I do believe that values are part of what makes me, the Felien I am today.

There are so many values, too many to mention them all. But to start 4 values that in my opinion should be pillars in everyone’s life are: gratitude, respect, kindness and honesty.

‘No act of kindness no matter how small is ever wasted’ – Aesop

If I think about it, honesty might be the hardest value. I learned it the hard way in the past. When you don’t tell the truth, because you don’t want to hurt someone, it can make everything worse in the end. Honesty is everything to me nowadays. Be honest with others, but above all, be honest with yourself.

‘Being honest may not get you a lot of friends, but it will always get you the right ones’ – John Lennon

I believe gratitude is the most obvious value. There is nothing that feels more amazing than a simple ‘Thank You’. It’s amazing how 2 simple words can make such a difference. Be grateful towards others and be grateful for what you have.

‘Gratitude changes everything’

Respect and Kindness are values that should be present in everyone’s life without even trying. The lack of respect or kindness is just sad. Self-respect is essential, but respect for others and for the environment, animals… is invaluable.

‘Respect yourself and others will respect you’ – Confucius.

This is the second part of a blog series that has inspired me #Project2014 #BeCurious