If you’ve looked into minimalism, you know “defining your values” is always the first step. Values are ideals or standards of behavior that reflect what is most important in your life. Determining your “core” values help establish priorities that will guide you as you minimize the less important items and activities in your life.
Likewise, values are important to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. While our values would be similar and include compassion, virtue, faith, and family, it is important to our personalize our lists by including our unique talents, ideals, and dreams.
As we prayerfully develop our list, we can refer to our Patriarchal blessings to remind us of divine gifts and eternal perspective.
It will help to ask yourself...
What is most important to me? What brings me real and lasting happiness?
Who is most important to me? What should I be doing to strengthen those relationships? What are my unique gifts and talents? How can I develop my talents further? How can I use my talents to help others? What is Heavenly Father’s will for me?
When your list is completed, you will have a clear picture of what is most important to you. As you refer to your list often, your values can guide daily decisions and activities. Our goal, as latter-day minimalists, is to spend the most time and our best efforts on the things that matter most. Clarifying our values can make this goal attainable.