val·ue | [val-yoo] | noun

  1. a fair return or equivalent in goods, services, or money for something exchanged
  2. relative worth, utility, or importance; precise significance
  3. something intrinsically desirable

synonyms: benefit, content, desirability, eminence, esteem, grade, importance, merit, power, purpose, quality, regard, repute, significance, stature, substance, superiority, use, worth

Sometimes we become collectors. We collect “stuff” – material items which we deem as beautiful, or special or valuable; those “things” that sometimes impress others. We collect people (1, 113 friends on Facebook), proving to the world how worthy/ interesting/ popular  and successful we are.

What if we could do more… with less? Only three pairs of shoes (dress, athletic, sensible), and two pairs of great jeans. A few very close friends who you can confide in, trust and love fully – people whom you would die for. One watch on your wrist… because, really, how many do you need? Just because you CAN – doesn’t mean that you SHOULD… What is the real value of what you own?

Now that you have had time explore your life and surrender to yourself, consider off-loading those things that no longer serve you: Let go of a bad habits, fears… people who no longer elevate you. Let go of the clutter that surrounds you, limiting your vision of what is TRULY important in your life.

As you create new space in your life, those things, and people, and memories that you choose to hold sacred will hold greater value… never taking them for granted. Empower their presence, so that your life is filled with precious moments, rather than being weighted down by unnecessary baggage.

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” -Albert Einstein

Philosophy In Action

This week, create a chart. One piece of paper with a line down the middle. Make a list of "things" that have much less value than they did when you acquired them. consider the freedom you would have if you let them go... and then, let a few of them go.

Afterwards, look into the mirror with the highest esteem, and value all that you are, with even less that you owned yesterday.

Mind Games: Your Weekly Mantra

This week practice this statement:  "What I really value is..."

Color Your World

Claret Red embodies the qualities of love and passion, which can provide much more value than many material things.

Chakra Therapy

The root chakra (red) sparks an energetic rush from the pelvic floor upward.  Being open to this energy is essential to balanced men’s and women’s health.

Sole Training

We typically don't notice our feet until they hurt.  Taking 3 minutes each morning to massage your feet before they touch the ground can actually change your entire day (especially if you suffer with Plantar Fasciitis!) What value do you place on a pain-free day?

Higher Education

“Time isn’t precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time—past and future—the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is.”
Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

1 Comment

  1. Rebecca Malandra
    Tuesday, November 20th, 2012 at 5:25 am ·

    Love love love this word! I teach how to explore our values in my career development class. We chart them too! It’s sooo worth doing an honest assessment of what is important and what has less importance to YOU (I emphasize the word YOU because many times we sacrafice our values for other people’s values). Keep the list and look at it often. The reason is that sometimes when we have our down days, the list reminds us about our purpose. Make it a point to do an honest assessment every 6 months or every year. Why? Because we find that sometimes values shift in our lives. For example, what was super important to me when I was in my 20’s is much different to me today as I’m in my 40’s. ; ) Enjoy!

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