I see so many people who comment on things and make judgments that all center around one thing. Price. And it confuses me so much how we have, as a society, gotten in the habit of being so much more concerned with price over value. We have gotten into this rut of thinking that life is all about stuff, and if we can get stuff at the best price then we are winning. And that is wrong. More does not equal better. Only better is better. So let’s talk about what constitutes value.

Value is something that is coveted. Value is defined as ‘the regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something’. Price does not constitute value. But society tells us that it does. We need to break the habit of buying into things based simply on monetary cost and look at the true cost of doing something. We need to realize that we are not fulfilled by what we acquire. We are not fulfilled by what we get. Pleasure and emotion are fleeting. And if we base our lives on this we will be chasing it forever.

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So how do we choose? How do we determine what makes the cut? I think this is a question that we all struggle with at some point. And I think it can be good to ask this simple question: who benefits? If you can determine who is to benefit from a purchase, a relationship, an encounter, whatever, you can better answer the ultimate question, which is: ‘is it worth my time’. And not everything will be worth your time. And that’s ok. Part of growth and evolution is getting to a point of acceptance that not everything is worth it. Not all people, not all purchases, not all experiences. And at this point of realization, being able to say ‘no’ and feel good about it becomes more important than saying ‘yes’ and regretting it. 

Another component of value is how does something make you better. Does it save you time, make you happier, give you a feeling that you simply can’t describe? These are so important to recognize in what we put our energies into. And as we evolve and weed out the things that don’t answer favorably to these questions we begin to see the cream that rises.

Here is the part where I put out an ask. I want to know how you, our readers, define value. What do you look for in something that you are going to put your resources into? Have you really ever pondered this question?

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!!

-Jason Mudd

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