Thursday, July 1, 2010

Living your Values

Its important that what we do matches our values. Many people work at jobs that do not match their values and live unhappy lives. I want to encourage people to truly live their ideals. There are many places that can help you learn how to do this.

The Northwest Earth Institute offers a variety of wonderful classes that can help you focus on what matters to you. I took part in one of their Voluntary Simplicity classes several years ago, and still benefit from it! I kept the workbook and often re-read it for inspiration. I also recommend the book with a similar name, Voluntary Simplicity: Toward a Way of Life That Is Outwardly Simple, Inwardly Rich. Another great book is Your Money or Your Life: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence.

Some career choices that I strongly encourage people to investigate are naturopathic medicine and renewable energy related. Those of you who are drawn to healing know who you are. I encourage you to learn about naturopathic medical programs.

Modern wind energy plant in rural scenery.Image via Wikipedia
For those of you who want more physical labor I encourage you to research training in renewable energy technology. One of my readers recommends the Wind Energy Technology program at Redstone College in Denver. I would also like to put in a word for the Renewable Energy Technology program at Columbia Gorge Community College, in my hometown of The Dalles, Oregon.

There are several other careers that I can think of that can help you live your values, for instance organic farmer and politician. What do you do? What is your dream job? Are you living your dream, if not what can you do to make it a reality?
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NWEI said...

Hi- Just wanted to let you know that the Northwest Earth Institute actually has a new course coming out this summer on environmental health. Thought you might be interested in knowing that since you enjoyed NWEI's Voluntary Simplicity in the past.

Barkha Dhar said...

Well said! people mostly get attracted to money than being inspired by values. I admire the way you have collaborated life values to a meaningful career choice that not only benefits us as individuals but can also be humanitarian and /or nature friendly.
Thanks for sharing

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