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Value Decisions

We make value decisions every day.

What is a value decision? It is making a choice based on what is important to us.

Watch this video on making a Value Decision below or here.

How do you make value decisions?

Sometimes, like in the story, below the consequences of our choices are all too obvious. Sometimes they are not.

Glenn Adsit and his family spent years as missionaries in China. During the Communist regime change, they were under house arrest. One day a few Chinese soldiers came to their house, and said, “You can return to America.”

The Adsit’s were celebrating, when the soldiers told them, “You can take only two hundred pounds with you.”

Well, they had been in China for years. Two hundred pounds? They found the scales and started the family arguments. Each–wife, husband and the two children–had an opinion. Must have this vase. Well, this is my new typewriter. What about my books? What about my collection? And they weighed everything, took each item off the scales, weighed and re-weighed until finally, right on the dot, they had two hundred pounds.

The soldier asked, “Ready to go?”
“Yes.”
“Did you weigh everything?”
“Yes.”
“You weighed the kids?”
“No, we didn’t.”
“Weigh the kids.”

And in a moment, the special vase, the new typewriter, the collections, all of it, became “trash.” Just things.

Taken from Craddock Stories

 

Sadly, I see that these days what we seem to value is based more on the outward or personality ethic as Stephen Covey called it rather than on character. So we sometimes see parents pushing their children to win at all costs….. We give people importance based on their celebrity status and value to us.

Have we forgotten the value of values? Do read this post from Vidya Sury.

Each of us has to answer this question each time we make a choice? What do I value?

This post is written for the letter ‘V’ for the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 2014.

15 Comments

  1. Tarang Sinha Tarang Sinha May 9, 2014

    Really liked the story! Beautiful and thoughtful post!:)

  2. Loni Townsend Loni Townsend May 2, 2014

    Ooh, interesting story. I wonder if they would total the weight between all of the family members, or if in China, children really are just possessions and not family.
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  3. My Inner Chick My Inner Chick May 1, 2014

    —-Corinne,
    It’s almost as if we need to be mindful every single day of our VALUES/Valuing.
    In America, we look up to NON-Heroes, Celebrities, Sports Stars…
    I see a HERO as “One who changes the world!” Like Mandela! Mother Thresa! Malala!
    This is part of our breakdown in Values.
    BUT….we can Change!

    Xxx
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  4. Rekha Rekha May 1, 2014

    There is a saying in Malayalam which means when you have eyes, you don’t value them. It is the same. We do not value people and things when we have them. We value the opportunities much more than the ones available to us. Great story and video those are.
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  5. Vidya Sury Vidya Sury April 29, 2014

    There’s values and there’s values. I suppose it all depends on peoples’ priorities. I know so many people put their families second when it comes to classifying their “must-do”s. That story is lovely.
    🙂 So nice we both tackled values for V each in a different way!
    Thank you for the mention, Corinne.

    Miss you!
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  6. Pixie Pixie April 28, 2014

    ha! yes… we refuse to see the actual value of what we have already… and place unwanted “value” on materialistic things..
    beautiful video..
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  7. Aditi Aditi April 28, 2014

    Superb story making us reflect on what we value! Loved this Corinne!
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  8. Richa Singh Richa Singh April 26, 2014

    I have a big smile on my face. A huge one. The story shows exactly what is going wrong with us, you know I believe on many of these value decisions. Honestly when you have been at the bad end of losing someone you love your life does start weighing things differently..
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  9. Beloo Mehra Beloo Mehra April 26, 2014

    Aah yes, these are the times we live in…the outer is more important than what is inside you, clothes make the person not the heart, image is more valuable than the real thing. So much effort goes toward projecting just the “right” image….it must get tiring, I think.
    Good story about the missionaries in China 🙂
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  10. Winnie Winnie April 26, 2014

    I so enjoyed seeing that video. It looks like something we would have seen when I was s kid. I often find myself wondering what people are thinking, or if life has value to many people when I turn on the tv. I am wondering “what happened” that so many are not valuing many, many things. Thanks for this thoughtful post.

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