This question could be even more crucial than one can think. For it is our value system that leads us in our daily lives and rules our decisions.
There are psychological tests helping you to identify your primary values. But let me tell you what kind of a simple test I found for myself.
Since my childhood my highest motivation has been to become better, to develop myself as much as possible. As I grew up in the Soviet Union, I was deeply atheistic and luckily not conditioned by any religion. But at the age of 20 I suddenly realized that it was actually SPIRITUALITY I was looking for. I was a seeker of truth and wanted to find my spirit.
Once I was travelling by train in Russia and met a nice young boy in my compartment. As It often happens on a trip, we spent the whole night talking about all possible things, sharing life experiences and ideas. And somehow we came to the topic of spirituality – surprisingly for me he mentioned this word first! I asked him what spirituality actually is – because it seems like nobody knows exactly.
His answer was as unexpected as beautiful: “Spirituality is when you have something which is HOLY, sacred for you. Something you can give your life for”. I was stunned by the simplicity and wisdom of this formula.
Later on it became my favourite question to ask people: “what is holy for you, what would you give your life for, what could you not live without?” – and I was shocked to learn that most of the ones I asked could not give any reply…
And what is YOUR answer? Would be great to see your comments!