I sat down the other day with a glass of wine and flipped through the deck. What I thought was going to be a quick and easy task, actually turned into some much-needed reflection time. I started out by creating a pile of values that stood out to me, then created mini piles, grouping similar values together, another glass later, I chose the three that really called out to me. I call these my ABCs, Authenticity, Belonging, and Curiosity.
As I was choosing my values, it was challenging because there were things coming up that are important to me, but I don't live them on a day to day basis. There was a disconnect. When I really got into it, I saw that were some internal conflicts I've created in my life because I wasn't really living my values; which lead me to think about what needed to change so I could be happier and more fulfilled. They were small tweaks, but they felt needed. Granted, I felt pretty happy and fulfilled before this exercise, but when I really looked at things, this stirred up a few things that I've probably been ignoring.
It might have been the wine, but I a lot out of this exercise and have started thinking more about my values when decision making, especially when it comes to how I spend my time and how I show up. I've even shared the deck with friends and had some pretty amazing conversations about our differences, again something that probably wouldn't have happened without this deck.