What do you use to quantify your self worth?
We have so many gauges we can buy into…
How many likes on your facebook page (or pages)
How many likes on your latest Instagram post
How many followers on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Stumblr, Foursquare, Yelp, LinkedIn, etc
Your latest blog post/vlog post/ blog entry’s like/share quota
How many dollars in your bank account/savings account/IRA/401K
Your credit score
How many dollars left on your student loans/house payments/car payments
The number on the scale
The number of social events you attend in a season and/or weddings
The number of children you have
Your child’s GPA
Your grandchild’s GPA
Your SAT score
The number of colleges you’ve attended
The number of hours in your study records
The letters and/or numbers after your name
The zip code you live in
The number of rooms/bathrooms in your house
The number of cars in your garage
The number of clients you have
Your aquisition/retention numbers
The number of miles you run/swim/bike
The number of pounds you’ve lost/bench pressed
What ways are you tempted to define yourself?
Several years ago there was a Citibank ad campaign (hey, I can’t help it, I used to be an ad girl. I noticed this stuff for a living…) that went something along the lines of…
Camera card reading —
How to get rich quickly:
Count your blessings
Queue film role featuring a non-descript person swinging a giggling child around in a circle
Hear happy, scintillating music in background
I loved this ad. And many, many years later, I still love the premise.
As a once ad girl, now yoga teacher, I can vouch for the merit of this idea.
What if we took a radical approach to this self worth thing? What if let internal forces be the driving factor rather than external evidence? What if we made life more about what we feel rather than what we’ve accomplished, gathered, accumulated…
So it would look something along the lines of…
How many hearts you touched today
How many smiles you freely gave away
How many hands you held
How many souls you perked up just by being present and truly seeing/listening
How many times you said, I love you
How many acts of kindness you committed
How many times you said, Thank you, and truly meant it from your heart..
The number of times you welled up with tears in your eyes as you marveled at the sheer awesomeness of life
The number of chill bumps that climbed your spine as you recognized the serendipity of the moment
You see, self worth really can’t be quantified. It’s a feeling thing. The idea is to feel good in your heart and then to beam that shit and share it selflessly with the world. The world will be a better place for it. Know this truth. Own it. Embody it. With love.