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“I think curiosity is our friend that teaches us how to become ourselves”

Elizabeth Gilbert

Five Minutes in the Morning suggests we look at where we are in our lives right now and ask, What matters most to me?

Write down the first five things that pop into your head. Love, family, swag, social clout, fat stacks? Don’t second-guess, just write!

Then, rank them 1 – 5, with 1 being the most important.

These are your core values.

Put this list of values where you’ll see it every day. When you do, pause to consider how your actions are helping (or hindering) their development.

For instance, Five Minutes lists a close family as an example of a core value. If this is one of yours, too, then that means no longer bringing work home on the weekends or checking you email on vacation (when vacations are a thing again).

This was an inty prompt! I’m not exactly surprised by what I came up with, but the ranking was an interesting aspect. It’s brought into clearer focus what matters.

Here’s what I wrote:


  1. My spiritual development, including developing my magic
  2. Dissolving separation
  3. Having enough money to sustain myself
  4. Being self-sufficient
  5. Creating art

Kinda sad that art is last, but who is that sad to? Who is the I that feels sadness? I’ve always wanted to create – that won’t go away. I know creating is communing with the Divine, and that communion will only grow as I develop myself spiritually.

What about you, dear readers? Do any of your values align with mine? If so, let me know in the comments below!

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