21 Elevator Values

Higher ValuesLower Values
FearlessnessGreed
AcceptanceLust
Purity of MindAnger
GratitudeEgo
Service & CharityIllusion
SacrificeEnvy
Deep Study 
Truthfulness 
Austerity 
Straightforwardness 
Non-violence 
Absence of Anger 
Renunciation 
Perspective 
Restraint from Fault Finding 
Compassion toward
all living beings
 
Satisfaction 
Gentleness 
Kindness 
Integrity 
Determination 
  

Higher vs Lower Values

My wife made a list of higher vs. lower values in response to a quote she heard:
“There are always more ways to be pulled up than to be pulled down.”

I think this is a simple but brilliant, basic yet transforming principle that when implemented elevates our engagement.

You might be able to come up with your own lists, like the contrasting fruit of the Spirit and deeds of the flesh from Paul’s letter to the Galatians (Galatians 5:19-23).

Or you might be inspired by the Sikh’s 5 Thieves vs. 5 Virtues (lust, anger, greed, attachment, pride vs. truth, contentment, compassion, humility, love).

Another classic list is the the seven virtues vs. the seven deadly sins (temperance, prudence, courage, justice, faith, hope, and love vs. pride, greed, wrath, envy, lust, gluttony and sloth).

The challenge with these lists is that we seek symmetry and it gives the impression of equality, that is, evil and good are equal. The truth is that they are not. Good is a higher reality. It is the higher road. It is the better option. The encouragement of all sacred writings and philosophies is: Don’t be defeated by evil, but defeat evil with good (Rom. 12:21).

Goodness is the only investment which never fails. (Henry David Thoreau)

Kelly’s original list…

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