It’s just they’re not labelled as such or at the forefront of our thinking, so I’ve been giving them some focus.
They have been bandied about politics recently and the prime Minister has been going on about them – not that I listen to him often! And they’re also being implemented into the National Curriculum in schools.
So it’s started me questioning (doesn’t everything I hear you ask?).
The biggest question it’s thrown up is ‘what are they?’ What does it mean when we talk about values? What do we value? And what values do we actually uphold ourselves?
I’ve discovered as I’ve started writing about these things that they provoke even more, without many concrete answers.
But one conclusion I have come to during this valuable enquiry is that our values enhance our lives in innumerable ways we perhaps don’t realise – I didn’t.
And another thing I discovered is that you don’t have to be rich and famous to be worth anything, to make a huge contribution to the world, or to make your mark in your own small way.
Upholding your own special values can do that. And passing them onto your children.
I’m aiming to explore these ideas a lot more as I write, so I’ll keep you posted.
Meanwhile, do chip into the conversation and tell me what you think. I love to read your comments and ideas.
Perhaps we’ll have better ideas than the Prime Minister who I suspect may be more focussed on votes than values.
But who am I to go devaluing him!