While I acknowledge that it is possible to have values different than mine, I find it hard to believe that someone would not value freedom like I do. Likewise, I'm sure there are many out there who don't understand that I abhor the mere notion of stability and security being important. I guess that's why I found Saasil and Saasil found me. Saasil (which means 'light' in Maya) was all freedom, all the time. We found each other on a street corner not far from our home, she proceeded to happily follow us on our adventure all day long.
The point of my story is that every decision, every move that this beautiful dog made was based on the one true value of hers, freedom. Should I stay in the yard, hell no. Should I jump off the roof so I can run and be free, oh yeah! She's a dog so she doesn't have the human problems we humans do but also she was not domesticated as some (most) of us humans are. (More on the dangers of domestication later)
She was in tune with her desires, her drive, instinct and intuition. She was homeless with many warm places to stay, she didn't come home for days but never went hungry and play was her middle name. I think that when we can shed a little of our domestication (what we 'should' do and how we 'should' act, what we 'should' want and what we 'should' say) and get in touch with our soul's true values, we will have an easier time making decisions and going in a direction that is a lot closer to our soul's longing.
Just yesterday I was shopping, I bought an enormous starfish for $10. Can you figure that one out given that I am also the type of person who has longed for a beautiful pair of Swarovski crystal earrings as long as I can remember but wouldn't think of dropping $70 on them, I googled 'the cheapest new car' when looking for a vehicle (reliability = value, bells + whistles = money I could better spend on a plane ticket) but didn't think twice about buying a $3000 laptop.
When your values are clear, everything you do lines up with that. It's like 'they' say, "How you do something is how you do everything". Know what's important to you, the core of who you are and honour that, everything else will flow from there.
What do you value and why?