From The Storyteller
November 29, 2017, Value
When we talk about value we are talking about the desirability of a particular thing. "What’s it worth" is usually connected to an object. The book value of my car is ($...?), my used clothes are worth ($...?), my personal property TV, furniture, etc., is worth ($....?). If my home, car and all my property are destroyed (think Harvey here) my insurance company will pay ($....?). If I die in the disaster my insurance company will pay my heirs ($....?).
Virtually everything mentioned above, except the thing we value most (Life), can be replaced. The increase or decrease in the value of our “stuff” can be easily tracked on a spread sheet. People however, are different. We are not objects that can be followed on a spreadsheet. Trying to set a value on laughter, crying, love, and staying healthy is impossible. So how do we add value (desirability) to our lives?
As I thought about this I ultimately found myself asking my toughest question ever - “When do I really like being me?” After much thought, I discovered “I really liked being me” when the spirit of life in me connects to the spirit of life in another. When connection happens, the other person and I, are instantly transformed into persons of worth. At that particular moment, we become the two most important people in the world. Mutual respect is experienced, and as a side benefit – I really like being me.
This connection only happens when I am intentional about listening, paying attention, responding, and appreciating the other person. It requires me focusing on “them” first.
This is my path and my story. When do you really like being you? Just wondering.
Moral – Adding value to life is a challenge worth working on.