Every human has a value system which guides their action, an invisible structure of concepts they hold to be true. Organisations are no different. Our core truths and values are the educational foundation of our organisation.
DON’T BE A SHEEP, DO THE RIGHT THING.
Technology bombards us daily with thousands of articles, images and videos. Everyone has an opinion and they all think they are right. Losing yourself
in this sea of information seems inevitable. But is adapting like a chameleon to the ever-changing tide the only way to survive?
Have values become as disposable as our clothes?
Being independent means you know who you are and what you know. Being independent means you’re open to learning more and discovering the new, but, you stand solid on your foundations. Being independent means, like a deep-rooted tree, you don’t get blown over.
LIVE AS A SOUL, CREATED IN GOD’S IMAGE.
Spirituality means different things to different people; and perspectives can often be contradictory. While this makes sense – because everyone’s soul and life mission is unique – there are some universal truths which do de ne this mysterious reality:
1. Knowing there is more to life than meets the eye is the most basic – no one can see a soul, yet who can deny it.
2. Living spiritually is a prerequisite – for it is only through speech and behaviour that spirituality is expressed.
3. Spiritual knowledge is experienced through emotion – one who trusts actually feels that all is, and will be, OK.
4. Being spiritual means your decisions follow an internal, innate and inexplicable moral compass, which guides you as you journey through life.
BE A GIVER, IMPROVE YOUR WORLD.
Could you walk past a piece of litter without picking it up? From the amount of municipal street-cleaners trying to maintain our cities, it seems most people would answer: ‘Yes, it’s not my mess.’ But what if the mess was in your own living-room? While some people might initially blame their roommate, spouse or child most will take care of it in the end.
At the core of responsibility lies personal accountability, meaning one sees a need and accepts the task is theirs to do, either because there’s no one else who cares enough or because it’s just the right thing to do. Judaism teaches that any action can only be one of giving or of taking; there is no grey area. Taking responsibility is definitively an act of giving because you are giving of yourself.
BE HAPPY, LIFE IS NOT A CHORE.
It’s self-evident that form follows function. Even a superficial glance at our physiological and psychological make-up suggests we are carefully designed for a specific purpose. From the ability to see colour and the tongue’s billions of taste-buds, to how our decisions ultimately boil down to what will make us happier, it’s quite clear that Man was created for pleasure, not comfort.
Living with pleasure means you’re appreciative and grateful for what you’ve got in your life and not miserable or jealous of what you don’t. Living with pleasure means you’re really ‘into’ things and get a lot out of them. Living with pleasure means you’ve got a zest for life which is infectious.
BE GRATEFUL WHEN YOU’RE UP AND GRACEFUL WHEN YOU’RE DOWN.
There’s an old Yiddish proverb that you cannot control the wind but you can adjust the sails. Life’s circumstances are not within our control; not the time, place or home we are born into, nor the events which mark our unique journey through life. So too, our internal experience has its own constantly changing seasons. What is in our control is our perception of those circumstances and how we respond to them.
Living with wellbeing means you have an understanding that no situation is permanent and a “this too will pass” mindset. Living with wellbeing means you know the source of your experience and you’re not scared of what you feel. Living with wellbeing means you’re constantly moving on and don’t get stuck for too often or too long.
Torah is the guidebook to achieving purpose in life.