A List of Values

Here is a list of values that I hold. When I started to write this list, I discovered that several of my central values came in balanced pairs (which told me that “Balance” is one of my top values) although a few do stand on their own. Anyway, here is what I came up with for myself:

Balanced pairs

  • Individual freedom/Social responsibility (Independence/Fidelity)
  • Courage/Providence
  • Responsibility/Playfulness
  • Evolution/(Acceptance of what is and has been)
  • Willfulness/Consideration
  • Pride/Humility
  • Tolerance/Accountability
  • Altruism/Enlightened Self Interest
  • Humor/Respect
  • Determination/Flexibility
  • Knowledge/Experience (Theory/Practice)
  • Reason/Inspiration


  • Balance
  • Cordiality
  • Sincerity
  • Curiosity
  • Integrity
  • Fairness
  • Hospitality
  • Celebration
  • Community