Q:  My world is upside down.  I don’t know which way to turn.  What now?

A:  Turn to your values.  Let them lead you.

I wanted to write a piece about values in the wake of the terrible events that happened in Paris on Friday.

I have a home in France, I feel at home in France!  Thoughts and prayers with France and her people this morning, and with all those who are touched by war and conflict around the world.

When something terrible happens, to an individual, to a community, to a nation, the first reaction is understandably one of disbelief, shock and horror.  When we are left reeling in the aftermath of some unexpected, unwelcome event it is very difficult to see how we will ever come to terms with this new reality.  But come to terms with it we will have to, sooner or later.

There may be no rushing it.  There will be stages to go through.  It may take a very long time for us to be ready to move on.  But when the time comes we will need something to reach for, something to hold on to.  What will that something be?  It will be our values.

Already we see that France is reaching for her values, the values of Liberté, Egalité and Fraternité.  Already we see that political leaders worldwide are claiming a share of these same values to shape their response, to guide their actions.

It is the same for us as individuals.  When something happens to us to shake us off our course, when something happens that leaves us reeling in a world that we no longer recognise, after the immediate aftermath the time will come when we will become willing to move forward.  Which direction will we take?  If we are unsure then let us turn to our values, to the things that are really meaningful for us.  When our values guide us we will be going in the right direction.

I wrote the poem “VALUES” to remind me of that.


  • Have you discovered your values?
  • Do you turn to your values to lead you in the right direction?
  • What can you share that might be of help to others?

Please leave your comments. I would love to hear from you.







Let’s turn towards our values when we’re running out of hope,

Let’s return ourselves to basics when we feel we cannot cope,

And if we’re floored by disappointment or frustration’s holding sway

Let us look towards a value, it will lead us through the day.

When a loved one leaves us weary or a stranger is unkind

Let us let a value show us how to leave them both behind,

And when the world is crowding in and saying, “There’s no time to spare!”

Let us clock in with a value before going anywhere.

Have we managed to locate them, have we polished them up clear,

Have we spent sufficient time to get to know what we hold dear?

And if we haven’t let’s determine a priority to make

Search inside until we find what route we want our life to take.

For a value, once located, will become a trusty friend,

It will never let us down nor veer off course until the end,

And though the world may fall away from us and people may us fail,

With a value we’ll be anchored and then ready to set sail.

© Corinne Shields, 2015

If you enjoyed, “VALUES” please pass it on, and do leave your comments. I would love to hear from you.

And just before you go …..

A final word from ACT …..

It can be difficult to locate our values.  Yet, given their importance in helping us to shape a meaningful life it is well worth the effort.

There is an interesting video entitled

“Demystifying ACT – Values by Dr D J Moran which I found helpful.  Give it a click and see what you think.

Which brings us to the ACTivation Point!

SO ……………………….

Just-for-today-Im-going to try my values to reclarify

How about YOU?

What can YOU do just for today to ACTivate your life?

 Just for today I will ………………………

If you have read this far, please do leave your comments. How is ACT helping you?

I am a student of ACT.  I am on a journey.  I would love you to join me.

With all good wishes





My soul speaks to your soul, a heart to heart,

What you are feeling now is but a part

Of all the great emotion of humanity,

And knowing that you are not alone can set you free

To feel your feelings, feel them fierce and strong,

For you are not alone, we all belong.


© Corinne Shields, 2015