Incorporating Jesuit Values into Everyday Life
The Jesuit philosophy seeks to develop the whole person, while inspiring them to take leadership roles and make a positive impact on society. The Jesuit education is value-oriented, challenging students to reflect on the values of what they learn. At the same time this type of education teaches students to think and reflect critically, allowing them to perform competently in various settings. The attainment of knowledge varies depending on the learner. The learner’s individual experiences create the foundation by which to continue learning and shape their values.
One of the main values that I try to incorporate into my daily life is Cura Personalis. This value centers on care for the whole person. I strive for excellence in all aspects of life. I work to improve my intellectual self through my academic studies, along with additional research into various areas. If I run across a topic I am not familiar with, I will take the time to learn more about it. I realize that we are never done learning. There is always more to learn and understand in all areas of life. I continually enhance my emotional self, by taking needed time to understand my deepest feelings. There are no bad emotions, we just need to learn how to deal with them and express them in a healthy way. Physical well being is also very important and the basis for focusing on our whole self. Feeling and being healthy will allow our emotional and intellectual qualities to thrive. It is very important to take care of your spirit, relieving stress, eating healthy, and exercise are crucial to a physical well being. Cura Personais is not only recognizing the mind, body and spirit of ourselves, but also seeing it in others that we associate with.
The Magis value goes along with Cura Personalis. Magis means striving for the better. This value accounts for the intellectual exchange and various challenges we face everyday. Not only in education, but professionally I find myself striving for better. As I obtain various goals, I set new goals. It is so important to continue to push yourself to achieve more. Along the way, it’s important to celebrate goals reached and enjoy your successes. At the same time, it is just as important to continue to challenge ourselves to be the very best we can.
In addition to the above values, I seek to tap the full potential of my mind and heart beyond myself. I do this by contributing my time to service in the community. Volunteering at a Nursing home allows me to expand beyond myself for the betterment of others. I have come to truly value my time spent in the company of those that do not have a support system around them. Through these experiences I have learned so much about myself and the kind of life I want to lead.
At the center of all Jesuit values is spirituality. I am a religious person and take this value to mean finding God and the joy of creation in all things around me. At times, in various situations, it can be difficult to find, but hope is always there. The key to being spiritually happy is the ability to find the joy in all things. At times it is as simple as the hope that a bad situation will improve. I pride myself on being able to find the positive in everything, along with the beauty in every person. I often come across those that are not able to see beyond what is right in front of them and work to show them the light at the end of the tunnel.
How Ought We to Live
At the heart of all values is the principle of how ought we to live. This varies amongst person to person. I strive to live and focus on the above values to have inner peace and be the best person I can be. I will continue to hold these values at utmost important, not only through my career, but in all aspects of my personal life. I also hope to inspire others to do the same. I think our society would be a much better place if more people held their values near to their heart.