We all have values and principles. Those values and principles are reflected in our actions. But… what happens if we unconsciously hold values and principles and values that we aren’t proud of?
Well, we can either face it or we can let it sit in our unconscious mind where it will still find expression in our actions. It is a thing that humans do. Nothing to be ashamed of!
Our principles create waves.
If we want to be sure that our unconscious values aren’t subtly mucking up the values we actually want to be following, then being conscious, intentional and clear about values and principles is really important!
This week I had the pleasure of speaking with Selena Blake. Selena is the Manager of Family Support- Emerging Practice & Evaluation at the Durham Association for Family Resources and Support (DFRS).
DFRS is an organization in Ontario, Canada that supports people with intellectual disabilities and their families to build good lives.
DFRS has committed to a set of principles that they use to guide the work of the organization. They are clear and transparent with the families that they serve about the principles that guide their work.
This allows families the opportunity to understand if the organizations values align with their own. These principles also serve as an opportunity for families to think about how clear and intentional they might be about the principles they adopt for their family and the choices they make in their support and advocacy.
In this episode of the podcast, Selena and I discuss the first four of ten principles.
These first four principles relate to community, the person’s interests, individual planning and safeguards. Next week, in the show notes for part 2 of the interview, DFRS has generously allowed Good Things in Life to publish the principles in full.
Be sure to check back!
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Special thanks to Selena Blake for joining me this week. Until next time!