Sheila M. Kelly

Beliefs and Values


I first heard the adage, “Beliefs separate, values unite” in my training with the Barrett Values Centre.

I was reminded of its truth during the recent and ongoing fires in and around Fort McMurray, Alberta.

During any crisis, values tend to rise to the surface, overcoming any beliefs we may hold about our fellow human beings.

Feuds are put aside and differences ignored as we respond to the call from the deepest core of our being to have compassion for those in danger.

What would it be like to exercise the “compassion muscle” more often?


Beliefs, based on assumptions we deem to be true, tend to separate us.

Values like love, compassion and caring tend to unite us.


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