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These are the four words that resonate the most with my desire to grow
to be a better person: meaning, abundance, integrity, and love.

I help people connect with their better selves and
with other people in deep and meaningful ways. I create a better self
and a better world through action and reflection so that I can do
meaningful things.
I can do all this because I enjoy an abundance of
blessings and opportunities. I have enough time, energy, and resources
to share with others.
Because of this abundance, I can always act with
integrity: keeping my word, living according to my values, and
respecting others and myself. When I make a mistake or give in to
temptation, I catch myself through reflection or the support of my
others around me, and do what I can to return to a life of integrity.
Through all of this, I act with great love and
compassion. I strive to choose the loving option even if other choices
are easier, and I also open myself to the loving kindness of the

My understanding of these values will evolve over time, as I follow or
even lose sight of them along the way. Still, they’re a good guide.

What are your values?

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Jedediah Smith wrote:

Love as much as you can, yourself and others
Responsibility take control of your life, fix whatever mistakes you can, let go of those you can’t
Forgiveness if a grudge isn’t helping you, let it go
Truth always search for what’s real even when you would prefer the unreal
Fluidity embrace change, seek novelty, face your fears, grow
Sarcasm yeah, this is a GREAT value


I realized today that Nethack isn’t fun for me. I admit, I like some
of it, and it’s kinda cool that I have a level 13 wizard who’s
currently wandering around the Quest level, and it does give me some
geek cred, but it’s not really doing it for me. My character runs into
problems, and I’m like, darn, now I have to remember where I put that

Freeciv is a little bit interesting because it’s one of the strategy
games my friends play.

Maybe I should try more puzzle games. I remember liking the fish

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I’m quieter than I remembered, than I hoped. The stories I most want
to tell, the unbloggable things I still need to think through, I can’t
share because my family isn’t ready to listen instead of judge. I
can’t think things through with them.

So I dodge the barbs, change the topics of conversation, downplay what
I feel. I’m sad, but not for reasons they think I am. I’m happy, but
not for reasons they know.

It’ll be hard to learn how to trust them with this. I should talk to
them about it, perhaps. Tell them how I feel when they do what they
do, tell them that the consequences of their actions is that I am
discouraged from talking to them about stuff like that, explore more
constructive ways of interacting. I’ll try that. I want more than what
we have now.

They are still human and still learning, and I am still human and
still learning.

When you realize that this is true for everyone and everything, it
becomes a little easier to practice loving kindness. It is still hard,
but it becomes a little easier.

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