My weekend has been crazily busy. My plans to watch a movie with the boys tonight has been thwarted by lab reports, essays, grading papers, tidying the house, laundry, and a number of other tasks the boys and I have had to accomplish in preparation for Monday. There’s just so much to do that there seems to never be enough time for movie night, something my younger son would desperately like to do just once, and which I’d hoped to turn into a weekly routine.
When I think back to my childhood, I can remember watching TV with my family on Sunday nights. I think we’d watch the Sunday Night Movie or The Carol Burnett Show. Whatever it was, I know we watched something. We’d always sit together, my father, mother, sister, and I, and watch television together. And while, so often we think of watching television as a “bad thing” these days, I remember this as family time and a bonding experience, everyone around the TV together, engaged in the same show, and talking about it afterwards or laughing together during it, if it was a funny show.
And so, not being able to find the time really has me quite miffed. I am sure my parents, both of whom worked, had a house, and two daughters, my younger sister and I, had plenty to do. We had dance lessons and music lessons and homework. Our days never seemed to be quite as full though. And there seemed to always be down time. My level of frustration about being unable to find it has made me realize just how important it is to me, this family time and down time. I’m not quite sure what I’d label it as, but it is most certainly a core value or at least I think it is.
From time to time, it’s important to revisit our core values. My own seem to change ocassionally, or at least one or the other comes to the forefront. Circumstances change, our needs change, we change, so it’s no surprise that our core values may change from time to time, as well.
Here are a list of core values to get you started or help you revisit your own.