I see so many people who comment on things and make judgments that center around one thing: Price. And it confuses me so much how we have, as a society, gotten in the habit of being more concerned with price, the monetary cost of something, rather than the value it adds to our lives.

It seems we are in 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. More isn’t bad, but I see so many people who struggle to make ends meet spend and spend to get things that will impress someone else. Who really gives a flying marshmallow about what someone else thinks about them?

val·ue
/ˈvalyo͞o/
noun

1.
the regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something.
“your support is of great 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.

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? It is important to make sure that everything we put our time, energy and money into checks these things off. 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?

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