Your Worth Lies not in what you do, or who you know, but in who you are” Aine Belton
Self worth – This brings a very important question to the forefront. What do you think is your worth? – The value you assign for yourself. I have seen a lot of people use money as a metric and say that someone is worth X Million or so. But all we have studied, all the books of moral teach us that money is not equivalent to your worth. It is something more precious than that!
In that case, is our worth based on our achievements, the value we have added to other people’s lives? I am sure the philanthropists in us would agree to this school of though – your worth or richness is based on the amount you give to people, depends on how you enrich the lives of others around you and so forth.
I guess neither of these are wrong, but somehow I don’t feel that either of them is comprehensive. The safest answer for this question is – “It Depends” – on what your values are, the environment you are brought up in, the way you think, your community, family and so on and so forth. Gee! There is never a simple answer, is there? There always seems to be some or the other complexity involved with any definition. But I think Aine Belton here puts the most important perspective. The elements we discussed about are fragments, just a part of who we are – right from the physical aspect to the emotions we harbour, the values we align ourselves with, the way we respond to the circumstances around us – all of these stitch together the fabric of who we really are as people.
For me, it is a set of values and actions based on those values which can define my self worth. For someone else, the description can be entirely different and opposite to what I believe in. But that doesn’t undermine either of our self worth’s. The reason being – we are not going to be judged on anyone’s standards. There is not point in judging a fish by its ability to climb a tree! We all do the things that are important to us, we all work on aspects which are a priority to us and master ourselves in that. And these priorities end up defining us – all the actions we do, the thoughts we possess, the things that energise us and make us think – those are the things which we hold close to ourselves and those are the things which define your worth.
So, forget focusing on the society’s standards of what your worth is and what you ought to do. You and I have just one life to live and it is just too precious to try and please everyone. The society will point fingers at us and even make fun of us. Worse, it will question your worth based on its standards. But then, we are stronger than that, aren’t we? It is just those times when we ought to remember that our worth is based on our values and our dreams. The more we focus inwards, the external aspects find a way to align themselves.
Well, these were our thoughts on ‘your worth’ – obviously your thoughts matter a lot more to us than the argument we play here. Please do share your ideas with us to make the post richer and more real.
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