ABC of Values

On my website you will find ideas and exercises that have (and continue to) guide me as I build an authentic and purposeful life. The ABC of Values is one such exercise.

An introduction to Cubes

A Cube is defined as a set of choices following one or more restrictions. Today we'll be using the AlphaBetCube, which is a Cube using the alphabet as its primary restriction. How does it work? Well, you choose a secondary restriction (examples will follow) and try to list your favorite thing for each letter from A to Z. Feel free to skip letters or cheat in other ways, the goal is to have fun while making the end result feel as 'you' as possible.

However, don't get rid of the restrictions too much as they are the difference between a Cube and a normal list of favorites. It can be very challenging (and often impossible) to get everything you want in a Cube, but it forces you to think about what really matters to you. Cubes like this are a great way to get to know yourself and each other better, give it a try!

(Adapted from G.Coeckelbergh)

My ABC of Values

The AlphaBetCube (ABC) of Values uses personal values as a secondary restriction, below you can find mine! These values reflect my mission to make the world a better place, build community, and fight for justice. They remind me of who I am, give me direction, fuel my passion, and help me contribute to the world around me in fulfilling ways.

  • Authenticity

  • Balance

  • Compassion

  • Diversity

  • Empowerment

  • Flexibility

  • Generosity

  • Honesty

  • Interdependence

  • Justice

  • Kindness

  • Love

  • Mindfulness

  • Nature

  • Open-heartedness

  • Possibility

  • Quality

  • Restoration

  • Simplicity

  • Togetherness

  • Understanding

  • Vulnerability

  • Warmth

  • Zeal

OUR ABC of Values

I've found great joy in sharing my ABC of Values with others, and even more so having others share theirs with me. I've collected the values of the people closest to me and gathered them in the form of a word cloud creating a Shared ABC of Values.

This word cloud highlights meaningful connections to each other by mapping our individual values to our collective ones. The bigger the size of the value, the more people share it! It also captures the great diversity of values that matter to us.

your ABC of Values

If you want to create your own ABC of Values here are some tips to help you get started:

  • Use a table or spreadsheet.

  • Draw inspiration from other lists. Which words resonate with you the most?

  • Reflect on how do these values show up in your day-to-day.

  • Discuss with others.

You can share your values using the form below and join our Shared ABC of Values word cloud!