What do you value the most?

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Issue 1: Volume 2  |  September 20, 2019

By Jim Hochberg, President & CEO

Greetings from Hawaii Family Advocates as I share the second installment in the “IKEA” series I promised to complete during the rest of this calendar year. As a review, the first installment asked us to consider what it is that we individually value. That discussion explored what it means to value something as in to consider or rate highly: prize, esteem; to rate or scale in usefulness, importance, or general worth. (If you missed it, you can read it here).

Today, I want us to ponder what it is that you value the most. For each person the answer is likely different, particular to individual situations. But as members of the same population living in Hawaii, as part of the United States of America, we likely share some basic, similar, highly valued aspects of our existence. Perhaps we can agree that we highly value some of those other human beings that share their lives closely with ours. We value the beauty of the natural environment on a daily basis. However we each ended up living in Hawaii (by relocation or birth), we share those blessings.

Perhaps we also highly value our availability to devote our time and talents to pursue hobbies, interests, and activities that we either enjoy doing or at least receive satisfaction in completing. We highly value our income earning opportunities that feed our other interests with the money it takes to enjoy them. If we were to stop and think about it, there are communities around the globe where the people do not have the freedom or resources to develop those kinds of interests. I imagine there are people who live in places where they are not able to freely share their day-to-day lives as closely with others as they would like. They may lack the necessary resources in time, money or other things they need to be able to enjoy the things we value so highly.

If we all stopped to consider the value of the freedoms we do enjoy in Hawaii, being part of the United States of America, we would likely put our freedom on the top of the list of the things we value most. And we should because our exercise of our freedom often occurs on a daily basis with little or no fanfare or even any notice at all. Perhaps we just take it for granted that tomorrow we will continue to be as free to interact with our loved ones and do the things we like to do.

The real question is whether you are lucky at this time in history you are able to enjoy valuing these particular things, or whether there is a structure ungirding your ability to enjoy them? Perhaps it is time to begin to think about these things in a purposeful new way so you start to consider what kind of sure foundation supports your expectation to continue to be able to enjoy these things.

The overall purpose of these messages is to help us explore what it is in our life in Hawaii that impacts, negatively or positively, the things we value, and what, if anything, we might be able to do to support the positive and make the negative more positive so we can strengthen the things we value in the face of living in Hawaii.