For one of my English classes we read Hyrum W. Smith's Your Governing Values are the Foundation of Personal Fulfillment. It was a really interesting piece and, as good literature is designed to, it made me reflect on my own personal governing values. Turns out the following assignment was to write our your top twenty governing values and define them. Perfect.
In no particular order, my top twenty:
1. I love the Lord and will do his will
I've seen the work of the Lord's hand in my life and know that he knows and loves me. I trust him to guide me in the right direction and not lead me astray, and consequently I follow his commandments. I love him and tell him often. I serve him in whatever way I can.
2. I love my family
I love the family I have been blessed with and I love my future family, even though I don't know them yet. They are the driving force behind so much that I do. I want to be more kind and more loving to those that I am eternally bound to.
3. I am desirous to be a good wife and mother
Despite not being married or having children yet, I know that being with them is one of my main goals in life. I hope to be everything I have the capacity to be. I look forward to teaching and loving my children, helping them weather the trials of life. I look forward to sharing a life with a loving husband. I want to be by his side through thick and thin, as someone to lean on and someone to love and hold.
4. I care about those around me
When people I care about hurt, it hurts me. I look after the well being of those I interact with. I find joy in being considerate and helping those in need.
5. I find work fulfilling
I gain a feeling of self accomplishment when I'm doing work that I know is done well. This feeling motivates me to do my best in all the work I perform. There is no satisfaction in doing something that I won't be proud of.
6. I am ambitious
I dream big. I want to make something amazing out of my life. I have goals and I will do what it takes to attain them.
7. I am intellectual
I enjoy enlightening conversation. I find that when something stimulates the mind to grow and think, it's worthwhile. I take pride in being able to hold intelligent conversation.
8. I enjoy performing service
Even the little things, like holding the door open for someone, make my day brighter. It's satisfying to help my fellow man out.
9. I am a peacemaker
I avoid contention whenever I am able to. I'd rather talk things out than get in an argument. When people are upset, I try to calm them down. I try my best not to participate in gossip, but I could always use improvement with that.
10. I am a leader
Whether or not I like it, I was born with leading qualities. I don't have a problem with taking charge, even if cruising in the background sounds appealing. In the future I see myself in a lot of leadership roles, whether it's in the church, school, or work.
11. I am mature
I might have immature moments, but for the most part I'm mature. I know how to act like an adult. I've had a lot of experiences that have caused me to grow up in ways I don't think I anticipated when I was younger. I feel more prepared for the things that lay ahead.
12. I respect myself and know what I deserve
I deserve to be treated well and to be loved. I won't settle for anything that is below me. I am a daughter of God and should be treated like one.
13. I love to love
Almost nothing brings me as much joy as expressing love does. I love to be in love, I love to tell my family I love them. I love to leave love notes for roommates or friends. I love to snuggle and love cats. I love to love God. I love to love.
14. I am healthy
I exercise regularly. I eat well. I have studied food and know better ways of preparing things.
15. I am motivated
I'm a go-getter. I like getting things done, I like being involved. I am reliable and present. I have a positive attitude.
16. I have passion
I am passionate about food. I love to cook, I love to satisfy people by making something that looks and taste delicious.
17. I have a sunny disposition
I'm an optimist. If I'm having a downer day, I chose to surround myself by people are uplifting and then regain my happiness. I find that life is more enjoyable when you're actually enjoying it. Smiling is contagious, I like to do it often.
18. I devour knowledge and education
If I could just read books for the rest of my life, I'd give up facebook, texting, and everything else. But I have to go to school and stuff, so it's okay to tie those other things in. I love learning. My mind is open to new possibilities and fascinated by things of the past. I strive to be a better student and make the most out of my learning.
19. I am financially capable
I paid my way through culinary school without taking out a loan. I live within my means and know what it means to be frugal. I thing really hard about big purchases and save up for them. I know how to compare prices and find out the real value of something. I know how to pay my taxes.
20. I am a good friend
I am someone people can turn to for advice. I like listening and lending a comforting word or two. I enjoy the company of others. I can keep a secret.
There you have it, my top twenty governing values. These are things that guide me throughout my life, helping me determine what decisions to make and what direction to go. These are the things that make me me.