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My Personal Motto is It is our differences that make us beautiful…. which explains my personal Value System:

 

On the first day of Brother Buckley’s religion class we were asked to introduce ourselves by finishing the statement, “If I were a car I would be a…” No one in the class had the exact same answer, some were very close, but each person’s car was unique just like them.  Each person’s answer gave some insights to his or her personality and what he or she valued.  One girl said she would be a Porsche because she wanted to be her husband’s dream car.  She valued her husband enough to make his desires her own.  Another girl said she would be a small, simple car that was made in Japan.  This girl was from Japan and showed that she valued her culture more than standing out.  When it was my turn to complete the statement, I said, “If I were a car I would be a convertible yellow corvette!” As with everyone else in the class, I suppose that my answer gives some insight as to what I value and what my value system would be.

            Out of all of the cars in the world, why would I choose a convertible yellow corvette?  To answer this question one would have to know a little about me and about my family.  My family has been a corvette family for generations.  My great uncle has had three in his lifetime.  Each of his sons has owned their own corvettes, as well as two of his daughters.  However, the person that probably affected me directly was my dad, who owned a convertible yellow corvette, for many years.  He loved that car and it rubbed off on me!  I too loved the car for a number of reasons, all of which depict my own personal value system.

I value my family!  Family is very important to me.  The corvette symbolically represents family to me because they have been loved and cherished by not only my immediate family, but also my extended family.  I believe that it is important for everyone to maintain strong family ties in order to make the world a better place.   In September 1995, Gordon B. Hinckley, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, issued a proclamation to the world concerning the family, in which he declares that the family is the fundamental unit of society.  I believe that to be true.  It is in the family that we experience our greatest joy and also some of our greatest disappointments.  The family unit is what teaches us or fails to teach us how to act in society.  It is where many find safety and security and others find abuse.  The family is what shapes us into who we are.  I believe that as we maintain strong, healthy relationships in our own families, society will benefit and so will individuals.

 I value individuality!  Clearly, a bright yellow convertible corvette stands out on the road.  It is unique in a parking lot.  It has personality!  I believe that it is our uniqueness as an individual that makes us beautiful.   Different skin colors, different ways of thinking, different cultures and backgrounds all add to the beauty that is humanity.  It has been said that variety is the spice of life and I believe that to be true.  I value that I can be me, unique and wonderful.  I can make my own decisions and my own mistakes, and I believe everyone else is entitled to also.  I do not believe that anyone has a right to force someone to think or believe a certain way.  We each have a right to decide who we ant to be, that is the beauty of a principle called agency.  As people learn to cherish each other’s differences and learn form them the world will be a happier place.

I value happiness!  Who doesn’t feel great riding in a convertible with the wind rushing through their hair?  Yellow is a happy color.  Yellow is a fun color.  It is usually associated with sunshine and smiley faces.  I believe that a smile can go a long way to brighten someone’s day.  Too often people drudge through life, thinking only of getting through the day. I believe that we need to be happy and have fun.  Life is a wonderful gift, so we should live it to the fullest.  That means take some risks, find some adventure, have fun, and most of all be happy.  Happiness is what the world needs to help solve all the conflict that occurs too frequently in the pressure filled world we live in.

Yes, if I were a car I would be a convertible yellow corvette!  I value family, individuality, and happiness.

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