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Finding the Road Back by Samuel Duran
I’ve decided to re-establish for myself my core values. I’ve been direction-less for a while now, but having been in the presence of people who evidently have fought for and live out their dreams, I can’t help but want something more than this aimlessness.
As it stands, this is what matters: Art. Communication. Relationship. Stewardship. Discipline. Faith.
Art matters because it is beautiful. I don’t believe Art is accidental, I instead choose to believe that Art is a deliberate act, a direct overflow of our hearts, circumstance, beliefs, treasures, wounds, questions, and existence. Art matters because it’s essentially, us, in a nutshell.
Communication matters because we owe one another the benefit and dignity of being understood. We’ve learned to talk too much without actually saying much of anything, yet we still manage to destroy one another with empty words. Communication matters because being listened to restores in our hearts a sense of worth.
Relationship matters because love cannot exist in a vacuum. Communities are not just superficial collections of similar objects- instead, communities are bound together by people actively risking their insecurities and flaws in order to build bridges towards others who are also risking those very same things. Relationship matters because without them, we just become islands, going through empty motions.
Stewardship matters because we are gifted uniqueness. We carry blueprints, talents, baggage, patterns, and ways of being that have no duplicate, and we are held accountable for making the best use of what we’re given in such a relatively short time. Stewardship matters because you never know when you may be the key to unlock someone else’s potential.
Discipline matters because nothing worthwhile comes at a cheap price. Health, art, influence, intelligence, skill- you get what you put in. Discipline matters because satiating appetites may feel good at the time, but it’s passing up the short term for the long term that almost always reaps the better life.
Faith matters because our hearts, souls, and minds need something bigger to rest in. Faith is choosing to put your belief into something which you don’t necessarily have the hard evidence for, and in this cold, cruel world, if all we ever chose to believe was what we saw, then we would never hold onto hope. Faith matters because we need to believe we are made of something greater, that we are capable of something grander, that we are more than just wandering wreckage- that we can choose to believe in the good, despite its seeming lack of proof.
These, to me, are the values that matter. These, to me, are my breadcrumbs back to purpose.