2nd Edition, Revised Material

Five Core Values

“A few months ago, I published a story here that, I believe, has the five core values we can all exercise in this new year to inspire our stewardship attributes in improving our world.”
~ Donald L. O’Dell

The story describes a Uruguayan political prisoner, Didasko Pérez, who is a schoolteacher, has been tortured and jailed for “having ideological ideas,” and being visited by his daughter Milay, aged five. In the story Millay teaches him how Truth and Wisdom can hide in the simplest ways.

These five timeless values will help you uncover wisdom and truth:

1. Spend Time in Reflection: One of the best ways to discover wisdom and truth is to spend time in reflection. Take a few moments each day to be alone and reflect on what is truly important in life. Think deeply about your values, beliefs, and experiences. Doing this on a regular basis will help you gain clarity and insight into your life and the world around you.

2. Listen to Others: It is important to listen to the perspectives of others. Listen to the stories of those with different backgrounds and experiences. Ask questions and be open to learning from them. You may find that their views hold a kernel of truth that can help you discover new wisdom.

3. Read Often: Reading is a great way to expand your horizons and gain new insight. Read books on various topics, listen to podcasts, and watch documentaries. Doing these activities will help widen your perspective and help you discover new truths.

4. Question Yourself: It is important to be honest and introspective. Ask yourself tough questions and be willing to confront uncomfortable truths. Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself and push your boundaries. Doing this will help you gain a deeper understanding of yourself and the world around you.

5. Take Action: Once you’ve gained insight and discovered new truths, it is important to take action. Don’t stay in the realm of ideas. Put your new understanding into practice and make a difference in the world.

You can read the entire article here.

Blessings, Don
January 11, 2024

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