Recognizing Your Own Value

Do you remember those popularity contests in high school? The ones where students are voted most likely to…? succeed, be the class clown, become a teacher, preacher, lawyer?  or maybe even go to jail. What were you voted to be by the students around you?  I don’t think I was voted anything.  At least after this many years (30+) after graduation, my mind has totally removed that memory as trivia.  Did the person that was voted class clown succeed in their dreams or goals?  Was the one most likely to succeed the one that failed first?

Who cares?  If you can look yourself in the mirror and like what you see it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks.  All you do when you place someone elses values on your shoulders is knock yourself down an inch at a time.  No one can walk in your shoes, no one can take your place.  No one can tell you that just because you are a this or a that that you have not succeeded.  When you are doing your life to the best of your ability, that is awesome.  Maybe you wash dishes in a restaurant, but you are going to school at night to become a nurse.  Or maybe you are a lawyer, but all you really want to do is teach children how to play basketball.  Those are your life choices, and the choices you make are valuable.  The people you touch in your life through these choices may never tell you what you helped them achieve.  However, those sparks, the joy, the accomplishments, they contribute to your value even if they are unseen by you.

I have struggled with that values thing off an on throughout my life.  There are times when I am on top of the world and feel like I can conquer anything. Then there are those times when I feel down, I struggle to complete projects.  I doubt my abilities and think “I can’t do that.” or “what makes me think I can do …?”  It is during those times when I hear the voices that say “You won’t ever amount to anything, why do you even try?”

But those voices are wrong.  I am a valuable gem.  I am priceless. I am worth more then the gold and silver that can be found on this planet.  And my dear friends so are you. The hardest thing sometimes is to see yourself.  What would it be like to be walking down the street and meet yourself.  Would you even like you?  Would you think, I wish I was more like that me?

I don’t know what triggered this chain of thought, I didn’t even sit down at the computer to write a post.  But some how the words just wanted to flow.  Maybe, just maybe, these words weren’t meant for me but for the person reading here.  May you find your value.  I think that sometimes we give up to soon on our dreams and goals. We find ourselves thinking it just isn’t worth it any more.  I have tried and tried and all I do is beat my head against a brick wall.  But then something happens and that brick wall turns into an open door.

Every Friday night I hear these words “Don’t give up before the miracle happens!” That is so true, in living the miracle, you find your value. Be blessed dear friends.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kyriakh123
    Apr 16, 2015 @ 19:51:24

    When I was a senior in high school, I was voted the most quietist, because I was painfully shy, and terrified to talk to people. However, for so many years after I graduated from high school, I have evolved so much. I went from being that introverted person I was back in high school, to the extroverted person I am today, which is a far cry from what I was back then. Back in high school, I was afraid to express my convictions, because I worried about offending people and of losing my friends in the process. However, as I got older, I realized when it comes to me, the only opinion mattering is my own opinion about myself. Although others are just as much entitled to their opinions and convictions just as I am entitled to mine, I learned not to care what others think of me. I’m a much happier person today, as opposed to what I was all the years ago back when I was in high school on back. I have belief in myself and in my capabilities; whereas, back then, I didn’t believe in myself at all, thinking I wasn’t capable of achieving this or that. However, I plugged away, anyway, because I was determine to show those who doubted me how wrong they were about me.



    • CharleneMcD
      Apr 16, 2015 @ 23:11:30

      I always thought of myself as quiet in school too, but always found myself stepping outside of my comfort zone. I am still quiet, I prefer to sit and listen when in a large group. But when I am alone with friends, you can’t keep me quiet. That is when I feel like I am talking too much and have to stop myself. Sometimes, I am amazed at the things I have accomplished. And then I think why not. Good for you for stepping way out of your comfort zone and finding your voice.



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