We live in a world where anything tangible, such as time, skills, money and comfort is more likely to be valued than something intangible, such as courage, wisdom, compassion and resilience. All people value time, skills, money and comfort; but, not all people value courage, wisdom, compassion and resilience. Another common value, love, is often misunderstood: love could be seen as gifts, loyalty, touch or praise; depending on the eyes of the beholder. Another value often over-emphasised is fun: we need fun in our lives, but, fun tends to stop you from experiencing depth. I appreciate all of the values mentioned; however, the way I express them look different from others. For example, for me, love is to provide someone with the opportunity to become all that they are capable of becoming.
I am a person who enjoys my own company; I am often alone – I am hardly lonely though. Oprah Winfrey says that she loves being alone with her own thoughts; the same for me. I could easily live in a desert for as long as I have a writing pad of some sort so that I can write my thoughts down. When alone, I can process my feelings so that I get to know myself better each day. I can appreciate the wisdom which comes to me and gather the courage to express it with compassion. I can be centered so that I follow my intuition against the push of the world. I can grow to become more independent and interdependent instead of looking at others to define me. I can believe in myself like no-one else will do for me, based on what my soul is telling me. I can love myself regardless of rejections by others; so that I can not only survive but move forward in life. I can be still; listening to the sound of silence.