Yesterday I created a post entitled "Emotional Resilience, Anxiety, and Values". I have been thinking a lot about my own personal values and the concept of emotional resilience recently. I personally have had challenges of dealing with some anxiety at times in my life. After watching the presidential debate this evening I definitely could have used a sedative. The issue of "values" came up for me again as I watched the debate. Both candidates were extremely disrespectful and inconsiderate. Both showed poor impulse control. So I was wondering what is really important to us and why are we accepting leaders who don't have the capacity to show respect for others and have an ability to "at least self regulate", and behave at least somewhat as adults. We expect more from our twelve year old children. What concerns me is that the leadership that we choose reflects our own values. So I will ask again, "What is really important to us"? What role models do we want for our children? If we don't expect the president of our country to have some self control and show respect for others, we are setting a tone for each person or citizen of our country to behave in a similar manner. Even our children will look to these leaders as role models for themselves. We will wonder why are children have not been developing the values that we had hoped for them. Why are they not learning to be considerate and respectful of others, to their siblings, or even to us. Why are they not patient while others are speaking? Why do they have such difficulty getting along in the world? And why have they developed such poor personal boundaries?
What Do We Value and What is Important to Us?
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