Each of us has a value system. It frames days, shapes attitudes and is the fabric of the moments that define us.

Either intellectual and emotional honesty are unwavering guideposts; or we find convenience in shades of gray and situational ethics.

Either we believe word is equivalent to bond; or we live and work in a world devoid of trust.

Either we expect to be acknowledged and rewarded, and this expectation drives us; or we come to every endeavor with the best we have to offer because this is a reflection of who we are. At the most personal level, we give expecting nothing in return.

Either we believe relationship trumps everything — so this is where we put our creative energy; or we believe an agenda or cause is noble enough to warrant our attention, and validate the destruction of bridges to relationship — past, present and future.

Either we forgive; or we likely do not know the exhilarating renewal that comes with having been forgiven.

Based on the values we live by, today will either be one more act of juggling and balancing; or, it represents the chance to frame challenges and opportunities in a context that transcends one day.